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Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) (he/him)

Managing Artistic Director


Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives and works on the stolen and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. Derek received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek has been a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a new installation-exhibition in support of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. His play, Chicken Girl (2019/20), won the Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script at the Jessies.

Annie Jang (she/her)

General Manager


Annie was born and raised on the unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She graduated from UBC with a BFA in Theatre Production & Design (2009), with a focus on stage management before finding her vocation in arts administration. Annie first joined the vAct family as a volunteer in 2010. Since then she has weaved in and out of vAct in various capacities, and is proud to have witnessed the growth of the company under the artistic leadership of Joyce Lam, Donna Yamamoto, and now Derek Chan.

Karen Tsui (she/they)

Development Coordinator


Karen is a second-generation Chinese immigrant-settler living, working, and creating on the lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Indigenous peoples. Holding a deep interest in the arts, community outreach, and social justice, she was previously involved with the Vancouver International Film Festival, bc211, Humanize Consulting, UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach, Rainbow Refugee, and Dixon Transition Society. She received her B.A. in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice from UBC in 2020 and currently supports the Diversity Outreach Project at the Memorial Society of BC. Karen is a visual artist whose artworks have been exhibited at the Richmond Art Gallery, Place des Arts, and CityScape Community ArtSpace.

Stephanie Wong (she/they)



Born in colonial Hong Kong, Stephanie (she/they) lives gratefully on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ peoples. Their art is an invocation to imagination, expressed through a constellation of disciplines, including direction, dramaturgy, producing, creation, performance, and design. The intersectionality of their lived experience informs their creative ethos of expansiveness and abundance.

As the Associate Artistic Director of re:Naissance Opera and Producer at Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, she leads with the values of radical softness and collective care, committing herself to championing equity-deserving identities. Having graduated from Studio 58’s Acting Program, she has transferred her live performance skills towards transforming the digital landscape. Moving fluidly between mediums and disciplines, Stephanie believes that storytelling allows us to compassionately open ourselves up to the complexity of our world, holding true our nuanced interconnectedness, and asking ourselves what more is possible in creating our collective story.

Katie Voravong (they/she)

Associate Artistic Producer


Katie Voravong is a theatre artist based on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, also known as Vancouver. Since graduating Studio 58’s acting program in 2019, Katie has been working in the theatre world primarily in Stage Management, but is now focusing on directing, performance and writing. Katie has worked with companies such as the Chop, the frank theatre, ITSAZOO, Green Thumb, jk jk, Studio 58, Neworld theatre & Carousel Theatre, and is so grateful to be working with vAct to support their current season.

Katie centers their artistic practice with compassion and empathy. They feel privileged to create art for a living and lucky to have the chance to meet and collaborate with so many inspiring individuals.

Karla Comanda (they/she)

Marketing Coordinator


Karla Comanda is a Vancouver-based poet, playwright, editor, translator, educator, and arts administrator. Born and raised in Manila, their poems have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, filling station, decomp, Poetry is Dead, Room Magazine, and others.

Karla has taught writing workshops for the UBC Philippine Studies Series, Vancouver Public Library, Migrante BC, La Salle University – Ozamiz, Western Mindanao State University, Co.ERASGA, and other community organizations and institutions. In 2019, she hosted the Sinag-Araw Writing Workshop, a poetry workshop series created for Filipino youth in the diaspora.

Leslie Dos Remedios (she/they)

Resident Dramaturg


Leslie Dos Remedios is an actor, director and dramaturge based in so-called Vancouver, the unceded ancestral land of the Coast Salish people. She has worked with many Vancouver companies including Green Thumb Theatre, Arts Club, Mitch and Murray Productions, Touchstone Theatre. They were an assistant director for As You Like It as part of the 2023 Bard on the Beach season and are honoured to be a part of vAct’s 2023 MSG Lab, and beyond. Leslie is a graduate of York University (2008) and Studio 58 (2012).

Kamila Sediego (she/her/siya)

Resident Dramaturg


Kamila Sediego is a first-generation Filipinx settler, playwright, and dramaturg privileged and grateful to live on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her ancestral roots are embedded deep in Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo, Philippines. Kamila is also a current Playwrights Theatre Centre Associate. With the care and support of many, she is developing two of her shows, Homecoming and Engkanto.

Penny Tham



Penny Tham is a retired corporate securities lawyer.  She has extensive experience working in senior positions with international financial institutions around the world. After 25 years of living in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Singapore and London she returned to Vancouver where she grew up. She is an enthusiastic theatre goer.

Jessica Louie (she/her)



Jessica Louie is a passionate entrepreneur and educator, who thrives in helping individuals with their business and professional growth. Jessica graduated from the Sauder School of Business in Finance, followed by completing the Diploma in Accounting Program in 2010. In 2014, after achieving her Chartered Professional Accountant designation with Ernst & Young LLP in Vancouver, BC, Jessica started her own accounting practice Jessica W. Louie, Chartered Professional Accountant catering to the Film & Entertainment Industry, Non-Profit Organizations and Entrepreneurs. She also decided to take a more creative path and was awarded Top Student at the 6 month Hair Art Design Program with John Casablanca Institute and ran a mobile hairdressing business for three years. Her love for teaching and guiding her clients led her to becoming a continuing Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business starting in 2017 and at the Robert H. Lee Graduate School starting in 2018. Today Jessica has grown her Accounting Practice to an eleven person team comprising fellow CPAs, bookkeepers and students and you can also find her at film offices around the city during production!

Kenton Low (he/him)

Vice President


Kenton brings leadership and marketing expertise to the vAct Board. He has worked in several industries including entertainment where he served as a senior executive at the Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios.

Wendy Lee (she/her)



Wendy retired as a partner of Koffman Kalef LLP, Business Lawyers after having practiced corporate and securities law for over 38 years. She is an avid theatregoer and supporter of various performing arts groups around Vancouver. Wendy had been involved in providing support and advice to vAct “behind the scenes” for many years before joining the Board in June 2019. She also serves as a Director and Board Secretary of the Chinese Canadian Museum.


Helen Wong (she/her)



Helen is the Senior Philanthropy Officer at the VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation and has worked at Ballet BC, the Arts Club Theatre Company, and the Company Art Gallery. She is a fundraising professional who has experience with private-sector revenue generation, grant writing, and event coordination. Helen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and also serves as a Board Director for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

Claire Sakaki (she/her)

Advisory Committee Member


Claire is the Executive Director of Bard on the Beach and has worked at Soulpepper Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Canadian Opera Company. Claire is a graduate of Georgetown University (Non-Profit Executive Program), Queen’s University (BAH Psychology), and the Income Manager’s Program (University of Waterloo). Claire received the John Hobday Award in Arts Management, sits on the Board of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, and is a member of the Labour Relations Committee for PACT and the Vancouver Cultural Services External Advisory Committee.

Stan Hamilton

Advisory Committee Member


Dr. Stanley Hamilton (OBC) is an emeritus professor at UBC Sauder School of Business. After retiring from UBC, Stan served for seven years on the board of directors of the Arts Club Theatre Company including a term as Chair, on the BC Arts Council for seven years, four as Chair and as Project Manager for the BMO Theatre Centre for two years. Stan currently serves as a director of the Stanley Theatre Society and a board member of Ballet BC. We are honoured to have Stan on the vAct Advisory Committee.

Terry Whitehead

Advisory Committee Member


Terry is the Managing Partner of Alexander Whitehead Executive Search, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in senior executive search in natural resources and the not-for-profit sectors. Previously, he worked in professional theatre for 15 years as a fund development professional with the Arts Club and Theatre Calgary. Terry is a member of the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver International Film Festival.