rice & beans theatre

Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan


rice & beans theatre was founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. Besides Vancouver, rice & beans theatre has also produced original work for audiences in Toronto, Richmond, Nanaimo, and Victoria. In 2018, rice & beans theatre was nominated for a Dora Award for its production of Sik Zeon Tin Haa with Cahoots Theatre in Toronto. rice & beans theatre tells stories of where we come from and where we are going, by ways of experimentation with languages and the theatrical form. rice & beans theatre focuses on the creation, incubation and production of original performances. Through rigorous experimentation, with intimate passion and delicate violence, rice & beans write, adapt, and devise work that is relevant and artistically responsible. We value theatre that is accessible, honest, uncompromising and personal.

We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  


PedroChamale (co-artistic director, cast) is a first-generation Latinx-Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Chetwynd British Columbia. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.  He then went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan. Pedro is a performer, director, playwright and theatre jack-of-all-trades. Select credits: Broken Tailbone (Nightswimming), Selfie (Rumble Theatre), Slime (The Only Animal), Mis Papás (rice & beans), Are We There Yet? (Neworld)

Theatre). Pedro was the ArtisticResident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival, one of the founding members of the Canadian Latinx Theatre ArtistsCoalition (CALTAC) and is one of this year’s participants in the BanffPlaywrights Lab where he will work on his next play Made in Canada for rice & beans’ 2019/20 season.

DerekChan (co-artistic director, playwright/director) grew up in colonial Hong Kong, lived in Norway, and is now based inVancouver. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon FraserUniversity. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derekhas been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. In 2015,Derek was awarded the Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. He was a cohort at the2016 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights' WorkshopMontréal. Derek has previously worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artisticdirector apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artisticproducer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek’s Cantonese soloshow in 2018, Sik Zeon Tin Haa/A Taste ofEmpire, was the first non-English production to be nominated for a DoraAward for best touring production. rice & beans is also looking forward tobe the 2019/20 company-in-residence at the Arts Club. Select creative credits: Yoga Play (Gateway Theatre), No Foreigners (Hong Kong Exile/fu-GEN), Pick a Number (Boca del Lupo/FUSE), Loomings; or The Whale, Mis Papás, Last Train In (rice & beans), The Revolutions (SpiderWebShow), and Sik Zeon Tin Haa/A Taste of Empire (rice & beans/Gateway Theatre’sPacific Festival/Cahoots Theatre).

rice & beans theatre


June 4
2:00 pm

Chicken Girl

Why, indeed, did the chicken cross the road? Our titular character embarks on a surreal adventure to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her Uncle Chan.

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