For immediate release: December 18, 2017
Media contact: Liz Cave, Board Chair • firstname.lastname@example.org |604.209.7589
the frank Production Society is ecstatic/delighted/over the moon/tickled pink/honoured/thanking its lucky stars to announce its engagement of Fay Nass as Artistic Director. Fay comes to the frank having demonstrated skill and vision as a writer and director in professional theatre. However, perhaps most impressive about Fay is her personal and professional commitment to facilitating critical conversations about how race, place, gender, and sexuality intersect. We look forward to working with Fay as she curates community and professional theatre programming that invites audiences to contemplate the oppressive and liberatory potential of different ways of seeing and doing diversity.
Fay Nass, originally from Iran, has been a resident of Vancouver for the past eighteen years and has been working as a director, devisor, producer and theatre maker for the past twelve years. Fay holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts. Fay will take on her new role as artistic director in January 2018, continuing to work with the frank’s mandate to create and produce queer and sex positive work.
Fay Nass has been interested in exploring liminal spaces and bringing to life voices that exist in these gaps. In 2017, she incorporated her company Aphotic Theatre with the hope of shining light on people and stories that are often in the “dark” relative to the collective psyche.
Fay is no stranger to the frank as she began working with the company in 2016 as a curator and director of the Pink Line project, which was showcased at the Queer Art Festival in 2016. The Pink Line project began with an intention to involve queer people of colour who had lived experiences with racism in the queer community and to bring their stories to life. While the Pink Line project was a commentary on race and politics, Fay Nass brought out the message of love and human connection in the project.
“Racism is real,” Nass said. “It exists in both mainstream culture and queer culture. We need to be conscious of it and work together to create a more inclusive society. I also think that human connection is what keeps us together. The human condition is a common thread and I want to bring out those commonalities. I want to show how it feels to miss something, like the smell of one’s grandmother’s home. I want to highlight the beauty of cultural diversity by sharing in the realization that, even in a room full of people of colour, my Iranian grandmother’s cooking smelled different. I am always interested in critically commenting on culture while finding ways to connect.”
In 2017 Fay worked with the frank as a consultant and curated its Intersecting conference in Toronto with the POC artists who were involved with the 2016 Q2Q symposium. She also directed and presented Kill Your Lovers at Rhubarb Festival in Toronto as well as Fresh Fruit Festival in New York, and her play Unveiled was presented at Shift Festival in Vancouver and SummerWorks Festival in Toronto. She is currently the artist in residence at Neworld Theatre and is excited to continue collaborating with the amazing team at Neworld.
“I am ecstatic to be joining the Company, an organization I truly care about, and believe is fundamental for this city. I remember discovering Screaming Weenie/the frank in 2001, shortly after moving to Vancouver from Tehran. It empowered me, knowing that there is a company representing the lives and stories of queer people” says Nass. I am excited to continue making the frank an active and contributing part of Vancouver’s ecology.”
the frank theatre company is Vancouver’s only explicitly mandated professional queer theatre company. Its vision is a world is where sexual and gender diversity are accepted and embraced everywhere in every society, by everyone. To actualize this vision, its mission is to produce and present queer-themed stories for live theatre.
MEDIA CONTACT: Please direct all inquiries or interview requests to Liz Cave
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