Howard Dai is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor and theatre artist living on qiqéyt territories, works on the unceded territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations. He has worked as a performer, collaborator, and producer with Carousel Theatre, Single Thread Theatre, Fight With A Stick Performance, Re:Current Theatre, rice & beans theatre, Rumble Theatre, Radix Theatre, HIVE Performance Collective, and Playwrights Theatre Centre. His work the Rex Project received support and residencies from 149 Arts Society, National Theatre School’s Art Apart program, and Impulse Festival’s Peek Fest Digital Residency. He is currently the Associate Artistic Producer with rice & beans theatre, supported by Canada Council for the Arts’ Professional Development for Artists grant. Howard spent a few summers working with the Arts Council of New Westminster, producing some of the city’s biggest arts and musical happenings. He is interested in works that explore immersivity with technology, while always keeping the complicité and play in the room. He has also done digital programming, sound design, and musical composition for theatre and dance. He is graduate of the theatre performance stream from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
I strive to create interdisciplinary works that integrate media with narrative. My works are immersive, accessible, and with a sense of play. I want to provide experiences that are, first and foremost, entertaining; while also acknowledging and commenting on issues that are present in our society. The works I create would upset the status quo and question our assumptions. I produce experiences that make people laugh and think, that make you leave feeling entertained and inspired. While my work should be bold, the creation process and space must be safe for all involved to contribute without prejudice. I tell story to give voices to those who don’t feel heard.
As a theatre artist, I’m interested in works that break through the barrier of architecture to become more accessible and immersive for a wider audience. I want to suspend the fourth wall to interrogate the line between fiction and reality for the theatre audience.