|Maiko Yamamoto – Co-Founder + Artistic Director
Maiko Yamamoto is a Vancouver-based artist who creates new, experimental and intercultural works of performance. Many of these works are built through a practice of collaboration and include theatre projects, public art works, and performance installations.
Since 2003, Maiko has been an Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based performance company, Theatre Replacement, founded with James Long. With the company she has created over 20 new works, many of which have toured to festivals and venues around the world.
In addition, Maiko teaches performance and mentors artists for a range of different companies and organizations, both in Canada and abroad. She also occasionally works as a curator and writes about performance for a variety of publications.
She holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and a Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Maiko is the 2019 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize in Directing, with James Long.
|James Long – Co-Founder + Associate Artistic Director
James Long founded Theatre Replacement in 2004 and is Associate Artistic Director of the company. 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. James is the recipient of the 2019 Siminovitch Prize in Directing, with Maiko Yamamoto.
|Chelsea MacDonald – Operations Manager
Chelsea is an SFU Theatre Performance BFA graduate, actor, independent theatre artist and former T/R Associate Producer Intern. She was thrilled to rejoin the T/R team in 2018 as their first Operations Manager. Chelsea is also the President of Theatre Conspiracy’s Board of Directors. In her artistic life, she is a co-founder of experimental performance collective, O, o, o, o. As an actor, 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 Actors Intensive, T/R and many others.
|Jamie King – Interim Company Producer
Jamie King is an awarded theatre director, dramaturg and producer. Born and raised in this coastal city, they have worked with The Cultch, Studio 58, VACT, Bard on the Beach, Pacific Theatre, and Rumble Theatre among others. Jamie was the Producing Coordinator at Electric Company Theatre, and spent most of the pandemic in the heart of the interior as the Associate Artistic Director at Caravan Farm Theatre. She is wonderfully pleased to be back in East Van surrounded by family, friends and many plants.
|Arthi Chandra – Artistic Producer Intern
Arthi Chandra is a Vancouver based director, writer, and theatre maker. Her practice is rooted in devising text-based new works, and adaptations of contemporary and classical plays. Her work focuses on queerness, joy, and intimacy. Recent works include Done/Undone at Bard on the Beach, and Passenger Seat, a pop-rock theatre concert all about love. She has performed in Vancouver and New York. Arthi also teaches devising and directing (Toronto Metropolitan University, VanArts, Bard on the Beach). She is a graduate of the theatre performance stream from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
|Andy Cohen – Producer
East Van PantoAndy loves all things entertainment. He is a creative producer with a multidisciplinary and international history. Over the years, he has worn many hats in the industry as performer, director, music director, arranger, and stage manager. He has worked across the country and beyond on plays and musicals with the Arts Club, Persephone, Urban Ink, Firehall, Catalyst, Axis, Chemainus, Stagewest, Rumble, Theaturtle, Mayfield, and Patrick Street Productions. He has worked on international mega-events including the Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth, Invictus, and Asian Indoor Games Opening & Closing ceremonies in Brazil, Australia, and Turkmenistan. Most recently, Andy worked in the United Arab Emirates delivering the entertainment at Expo 2020 Dubai. Andy is the recipient of the City of Richmond Arts Award, Ovation Awards, SATAwards, and a Jessie nomination for Artistic Achievement. He holds a BFA in Theatre from UBC and is glad to be back in the land of rain and farmer’s markets.
Veda has released 21 albums and writes music for theatre, dance and special occasions. Current projects include a new solo show Little Volcano (made with Theatre Replacement), the hit musical Onegin (written with Amiel Gladstone) and the contemporary theatre work King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre). Catch up on recordings and various gossip at 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. 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. cindymochizuki.com