Howard Dai is a Taiwanese actor, writer, and theatre artist. Howard makes works that engage the audience as active participants through technology, curiosity, and play. As an interdisciplinary artist, his practice ranges from acting for stage, clowning, performance art, to music composition, sound design, technical direction, and interactive programming. His artmaking has been form driven; whether that is in a blackbox, an audio-play, a performance installation, or an interactive experience. He was mostly recently seen in the Passenger Seat, a theatre-concert, over a successful run at the 2021 Vancouver Fringe Festival. He performed with Collider, a VR devising ensemble (Single Thread Theatre/rEvolver/FOLDA); and is a co-creator of 蝦仔 Little Shrimp, a bilingual audio play about intergenerational relationships within Chinese culture. He also went on a digital tour across Canada without leaving his bedroom as a performer and digital programmer of New Societies (re:current theatre). He is writing a new play Pineapple Bun 菠蘿麵包 that explores nostalgia in quotidian Taiwan and magical realism through the frame of a lotto draw. He is one of two artists selected for the Interactive & Immersive Creation Residency with fu-GEN theatre and sunset visitor 斜陽過客 studio. Howard works on the unceded land belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations; colonially known as Vancouver. He has worked with companies such as Rumble Theatre, Radix Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Fight With A Stick Performance, and HIVE Performance Collective. He is an Associate Artist with rice & beans theatre after having been their Associate Artistic Producer in 2021, and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. www.howarddai.com
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.