Born and raised in Markham, Ontario, Chengyan is active as a designer, technical director, production and stage manager in Vancouver’s theatre, dance, and music scenes. He currently spends most of his time as Lead Technician at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, overseeing technical direction, rentals and staffing for the 154-seat Faris Family Studio. When not at the Dance Centre, Chengyan freelances on a contract basis, mostly as a lighting, sound and video designer for companies such as Mitch and Murray Productions, Tomoe Arts, Theatre in the Raw, Pacific Theatre, Gateway Theatre and Aenigma Theatre. Chengyan is a graduate from the UBC BFA Theatre Production and Design program and a member of IATSE Local ADC 659.
Chengyan is currently fascinated by these things in the world of lighting design:
- Lighting as a storytelling medium by making choices through the perspective of a character
- Imitating the elegant beauty of light sources in nature - representational naturalism
- Lighting as gestural movement and following the momentum as the centre of gravity shifts on stage
Right: Sangja - Pangaea Arts / Artstage SAN - Surrey Children's Festival