Howard Dai is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, writer, and theatre artist. Howard makes works that engage the audience as active participants through technology, curiosity, and play. He is currently the Associate Artistic Producer with rice & beans theatre, and has worked with Rumble Theatre, Radix Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Fight With A Stick Performance, Re:Current Theatre, and HIVE Performance Collective. Most recently, he is part of a devising ensemble working in Virtual Reality (Collider) with Single Thread Theatre, presented by Upintheair’s rEvolver Festival and FOLDA. He was also part of the team that created 蝦仔 Little Shrimp, a bilingual audio play about intergenerational relationships within Chinese culture and families, presented by Carousel Theatre. His durational digital experience, the Rex Project, received support from National Theatre School’s Art Apart program, Impulse Festival’s Peek Fest Digital Residency, and 149 Arts Society. Part of his practice includes digital programming, sound design, and musical composition for theatre and contemporary dance. Howard lives on unceded land belonging to the qiqéyt (Qayqayt) Nation, and works on the territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. He is a 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.