the frank staff

Fay Nass | Artistic Director
Pronouns: she/he/they

Fay Nass is a Vancouver based theatre director, curator, dramaturg, producer and multi-disciplinary artist. She is Artistic Director of the frank theatre company and the founder/AD of Aphotic Theatre. Their work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, and the challenges these pose to notions of identity. Being an Iranian-Canadian immigrant and a non-binary queer artist, in their work they shine light on liminal spaces in order to shift meanings and create space for cultural exchanges. Fay has been working as a director, dramaturg, writer, producer, curator, educator and consultant for the past 15 years in Vancouver. Her most recent credits include: co-directing Trans Script Part I: The Women (The Frank Theatre and Zee Theatre at Firehall Arts Centre) directing She Mami Wata & the Pussy WitchHunt (the Frank Theatre at PuSh Festival 2020), co-directing Straight White Men (ITSAZOO productions at Gateway Theatre), dramaturgy of Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts) (The Frank Theatre & QAF), directing and devising Diaspora: Queer immigrant and refugee stories (The Frank Theatre at QAF). Fay holds a MFA from Simon Fraser University. Currently, they are doing the Artistic Leadership Residency at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Anais West | Operations Manager/Associate Producer
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Anais is a queer actor, playwright and producer of Polish descent, as well as a settler on stolen, occupied Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories (colonially called Vancouver). As Operations Manager and Associate Producer at the frank theatre, she recently was lead producer on She Mami Wata & The Pussy WitchHunt by d’bi young anitafrika, presented as part of the PuSh Festival. Her producing work includes co-producing the Killjoy Play Series at the 2019 rEvolver Fetival with Mariam Barry, Alexandra Lainfiesta and Kayla Deorksen, and working as Pi Theatre’s Associate Artistic Producer for their 2017/2018 season. Her work as a playwright includes Kill Your Lovers, (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC) and Poly Queer Love Ballad (Winner of PTC’s Fringe New Play Prize), co-written with Sara Vickruck. Poly Queer Love Ballad won the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, then went on to be nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Production in Musical Theatre. The show has since been presented by the Queer Arts Festival, Zee Zee Theatre and the frank theatre in Vancouver, the SkirtsAfire Festival in Edmonton and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. Her new play, Underground Absolute Fiction, is in development, with a recent reading at the 2020 Queer Arts Festival. As an actor, Anais has worked with such companies as Theatre la Seizieme, the Only Animal, Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival, the Arts Club and more.

Patricia Trinh | Producing Intern
Pronouns: she/they

Patricia Trinh is a queer, multidisciplinary, Chinese – Vietnamese – Canadian, artist; with a background in playwriting, directing, performing and producing. A graduate of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre Department. As Artistic Producing Intern for frank Theatre, Trinh was lead producer for Telling It Bent [a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit and questioning youth] presented in partnership with IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Trinh spearheaded frank Theatres’ “The Quarantine Series”. Trinh’s creative highlights include: writing, directing and producing her play “The Ethical Sixsome” in November 2010 [UVic SATCo.]. November of 2012, “The Ethical Sixsome” went on to have its international premiere at South Oregon University. June of 2018 Trinh directed and produced the premiere of her play, “Probability” at rEvolver Theatre Festival; launching Dusty Foot Productions: a female (identifying) / non-binary centric, multidisciplinary, independent theatre collective. DFP’s mandate: creating impactful female/non-binary, queer, BIPOC leading role opportunities by shining light on new work that amplifies the voices of the marginalized outcast. May of 2019 Trinh shared the playing field with feminist collective, Killjoy Theatre; directing “Fireflies”at rEvolver Festival. September of 2019 Trinh directed and produced [with DFP] her play “Red Glimmer” at 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. With the dramaturgical support of frank Theatres’ Fay Nass, Trinh is currently revising her play (originally titled) “The Ethical Sixsome”; an excerpt of the re-envisioned play has been selected for a workshop presentation at Rumble Theatres’ Tremors Festival October 2020. Trinh can be spotted as Directing Apprentice for Bard On The Beach’s “Henry V” in 2021