Maiko Yamamoto – Artistic Director
Since 2003, Maiko has been an Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement, a company she formed with fellow artist James Long. The company’s work has focused on building new, experimental and intercultural performances that react to contemporary existence through a highly evolved and extended process of collaboration, and explores unique and challenging ways of using content and staging material. In addition to her work with T/R, Maiko directs, writes, teaches, mentors and creates contemporary performance for and with a diverse range of companies and institutions, including the National Theatre School, Company 605, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the MAKE Artists Residency in Ireland, among others. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and a MAA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
James Long – Artistic Director
James Long artistic directs Theatre Replacement with fellow artist Maiko Yamamoto. Recent freelance work outside the company includes Morko and its partner piece Loch — both site oriented performances created with visual artist and animator Cindy Mochizuki as well as directing King Arthur’s Night, a new incarnation of the King Arthur story as told by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef of Neworld Theatre. In addition to creating new works of performance for national and international audiences, James teaches performance, methods of creation and performance structures to established artists and students across Canada. He is a graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies, also from SFU.
Corbin Murdoch – Managing Producer
Corbin has been T/R’s Managing Producer since 2015 and has worked in the Vancouver arts community for over a decade. As a programmer and producer, he has worked for organizations large and small, including as the Arts Programmer for the City of New Westminster, Entertainment Programmer at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Youth Program Manager at The Cultch. He is also a songwriter and musician. His flagship project, The Nautical Miles, released five records between 2002 and 2016. Corbin completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2014. He was born and raised in Vancouver.
Chelsea MacDonald – Operations Manager
As a former Theatre Replacement Associate Producer Intern, SFU Theatre Performance BFA graduate, and independent theatre artist, Chelsea is thrilled to be working with Team T/R in a new role. She is a co-founder, creator, performer and producer with experimental performance collective, O, o, o, o., having most recently performed a full-length version of original haunted-house-game-show ALL THE WAY at the 2017 rEvolver Theatre Festival. Chelsea is also the President of Theatre Conspiracy’s Board of Directors. She has had the pleasure of working with Radix Theatre, Leaky Heaven Performance Society, rice and beans theatre, The Troika Collective, Midtwenties Theatre Society, The Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and many others.
Lili Robinson – Artistic Producer Intern
Lili Robinson is a multidisciplinary theatre artist, actor, playwright, and graduate of Studio 58. As an actor she has worked with companies including Boca del Lupo, The Troika Collective, and Theatre Replacement itself, where she has performed as an ensemble member in the East Van Panto and was an early collaborator in the development of MINE. Her intersectionality as a queer, biracial Black woman is mirrored by her approach to devising work, which explores the creative space where poetry, music, and physical theatre collide. She was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Fringe New Play Prize for her latest project in development, Mx, a boundary-pushing, bouffon-inspired work that cracks open notions of race, gender, ancestry, and spectatorship through an audacious remixing of performance disciplines. Lili is also the Emerging Playwright in Residence at Rumble Theatre, where, under the mentorship of Carmen Aguirre, she is developing a new play based on her childhood experiences growing up in government-subsidized housing. She is beyond thrilled to join the T/R team and expand her relationship with the company in this exciting new capacity. Lili’s position with T/R is funded through a BCAC Early Career Development Grant.
Jiejun Wu – Associate Producer Co-op Placement
Jiejun is a third-year UBC Arts Co-op student doing a double major in English Literature and Creative Writing, and she is very excited to be joining Theatre Replacement for the fall! She has been an actor, playwright, director, and producer, with one of her works, a slam-poem/theatrical piece, has been presented at the BC Law Courts as part of their celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage. She has also worked with Arts Umbrella as a Production Assistant and will be stage managing their 2020 production of Frozen Jr.
Veda has released 21albums and writes for theatre, dance and special occasions. Current projects include the hit musical Onegin (written with Amiel Gladstone), the contemporary theatre work King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre), and a new solo show and album in development with Theatre Replacement. Catch up on recordings and various gossip at www.vedahille.com
Born and raised in México. Cande has a BA in Communication Sciences from the Universidad de La Salle and has studied Montage at the International School of TV and Film in Cuba. With more than 10 years of professional experience working in comics, radio broadcasting, and video, he has developed a special interest in designing and mixing visuals for performance in music, dance, and theatre. In Canada, Candelario collaborates with companies such as Theatre Replacement, Neworld Theatre, Rumble Productions, Leaky Heaven Circus and Theatre Conspiracy, mostly as a video designer. He also co-founded Rough House with Camille Gingras, and produced and designed Tiny Apocalypse (Tremors, Rumble’s Festival of Emerging Arts 2008). As a VJ, he has mixed visuals for Spoken World (International Writers Festival), nintendo-punk-band Times Neue Roman and Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden (International Jazz Festival). Sound design credits include numerous productions in México with San Banquito (for which he collaborated for 5 years) sound for video and interactive projects as well as La Luna Productions’ Stripped series I, II and III. www.roughhouseproductions.org
Cindy creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings, and community-engaged projects that explore the ways in which we manifest ‘story’. Interested in the intersections of fiction and documentary, her projects are often site-specific and engage historical memory, displacement and the invisible. Her community-engaged projects explore the triangular relationship of performativity, social engagement and magic. A large body of her work investigates narratives and memories within the archive of familial architecture, including childhood spaces, home videos, photography, and oral histories. These projects revisit the memory and history of displacement and migration of family members both within Canada and Japan. She has screened and exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Cindy has received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. www.cindymochizuki.com