Chengyan (he/him) is active as a designer, technical director, production and stage manager in Vancouver’s theatre, dance, and music scenes. Chengyan works for companies such as Mitch and Murray Productions, 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.
He is grateful to live and work as a guest on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Chengyan was born and raised in Markham, Ontario, on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, the treaty lands of the First Nations of the Williams Treaty and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.
The company, Tomoe Arts, of the late Colleen Lanki holds a very special place in Chengyan's heart. Colleen - your passion and commitment to Japanese and Asian culture and theatre changed the course of my life and I owe you so much. Thank you for everything.
Chengyan is interested in the anthropomorphizing and characterization of light in stories as well as the idea of creating satisfying impact with movement of light. He enjoys conversations about meaning and abstract symbolism in design elements. But most of all, he just wants to help tell stories. He feels lucky to have thus far been welcomed by a diverse theatrical community, transcending enclaves and diaspora to tell stories to one another and foster understanding and empathy in the world.
Right: Sangja - Pangaea Arts / Artstage SAN - Surrey Children's Festival