JASMINE CHEN

CAEA Member/ACTRA Member

Agent: Shari Quallenberg/AMI

 

Hair: Dark Brown Eyes: Brown

Vocal Range: Alto/Belter

 

TRAINING

RYERSON THEATRE SCHOOL Theatre Performance: BFA Acting Program Class of '11

Acting: Peter Wylde, Diana Reis, Cynthia Ashperger. Voice:  Irene Pauzer. Movement: Phillipa Domville, Viv Moore. Shakespeare: Ian Watson. Singing: Allen Cole, Rigzin Tute. Jazz: Vicky St.Denys, Derek Sangster. Commedia Del'arte/Mask: Perry Schneiderman. Clown: Leah Cherniak. Stage Combat/Fighting for Film: Steve Wilsher. Period Dance: Kelly Arnsby. Audition Preparation: Marianne McIsaac Acting for Camera: John Boylan

SHAW FESTIVAL Slaight Family Academy

Voice: Edda Sharpe, Sarah Shippobotham, Abigail Langham. Scene Study: Jim Mezon. Movement: Jane Johannson. Speeches: Graeme Somerville. Text: Jackie Maxwell. Music TheatrePaul Sportelli. Alexander: Victoria Hart. Manners of the Mandate: Marla Mclean and Graeme Somerville

STRATFORD FESTIVAL

Voice: Janine Pearson  Singing: Jennie Such Alexander: Kelly McEvenue Text: Ian Watson

GATEWAY THEATRE Professional Development Mandarin Masterclass with Jocelyn Chang 2017

VOLCANO CONSERVATORY Dynamics of Space with Daniel Brooks

 

 

 

THEATRE

BAKKHAI   Bakkhai | Stratford Festival |Jillian Keiley 

THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT Sophie | Stratford Festival | Keira Loughran

YUKONSTYLE Yuko/Goldie | Talisman Theatre | Genevieve Blais

CHIMERICA Luili/Jennifer Lee | Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Canadian Stage | Chris Abraham

THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE

TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES Sooze | The Shaw Festival | Eda Holmes

SWEET CHARITY Suzanne| The Shaw Festival | Morris Panych

DINK Bethany | Theatre-a-go-go | Caroline Azar

SCHEHERAZADE Courtney/Stephanie/Queen 2 | Nobody's Business Theatre/NSTF | Morgan Norwich

BLUE PLANET Loa | Young Peoples Theatre | Allen MacInnis

SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN FESTIVAL: Samurai F (Kubota) | Canadian Stage | Mitchell Cushman

RONIN OFFICE WORKERS

HIDING WORDS (FOR YOU) Interrogator | Asian Arts Initiative | Gein Wong

WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO Heather | Native Earth Performing Arts | Tara Beagan

DANCE FESTIVAL XXV

DIM SUM LOSE SOME Performer | Theatre Local/Nuit Blanche | Jenna Rodgers

HOPE BLITZ Performer | Theatre Passe Muraille | Hope Blitz

A SYNONYM FOR LOVE Guide | Volcano Theatre | Ross Manson

A SONG FOR TOMORROW May | New Harlem/EventualAshes/MT Space| Gein Wong

SEX TAPE PROJECT Genvieve | fu-GEN Theatre | David Yee

CABARET Kit Kat Dancer | Hart House Theatre | Adam Brazier

HUMMINGBIRD COURTS TURTLE Hummingbird | Lab Cab Festival |Jenna Rodgers

THE WINTER'S TALE Perdita | Canadian Stage | Estelle Shook

ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE Girl Next Door | Ryerson Theatre | Jennifer Tarver/David Jansen

THE GIRLS WHO SAW EVERYTHING Runner Coghill | Ryerson Theatre | Ruth Madoc-Jones

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Reclaiming Cunt | V-DAY T.O | Alexandra Dallas

THE BOAT PEOPLE Amy | Hamilton Fringe| Jeff Yung

BEYOND THE SCORE: Columbina | TSO | PerrySchniederman

MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTO NO.24

 

FILM & TELEVISION

RANSOM Receptionist | CBS/Global | Richard J Lewis

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Mlle. Wu | Lulo Films/BravoFact| Jaime Escallon Buraglia

DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

WOMANISH Box Office Girl | CBC Punchline| Templeton Philharmonic

DEGRASSI Attendant | MTV/Epitome

DEFIANCE Studious Girl | Syfy| Allan Kroeker

WAREHOUSE 13 Female Fan | Syfy| Jay Chandrasekhar

MILLIONS Mary | Jaded Pictures| Andrew Chung

A FORK IN THE ROAD Lisa | Splice Productions | Navin Ramaswaran

 

WORKSHOPS AND STAGED READINGS

Towards Youth | Crow's Theatre/Project Humanity | Chris Abraham and Andrew Kushnir

WASP | Nightswimming Theatre | Brian Quirt

The Other Shore | Gateway Theatre | Jocelyn Chang *

The Mother Tongue Project | Then They Fight Theatre | Jasmine Chen (Workshop Production)

Alice in Wonderland | Shaw Festival | Peter Hinton

Soliciting Temptation | Tarragon Theatre | Erin Shields

Through the Bamboo | Soulpepper Theatre | Byron Abalos and Andrea Mapilli*

Nine Dragons | fu-GEN Theatre | Jovanni Sy

Heat Lightning | Native Earth | Drew Hayden Taylor*

Factory Wired | Factory Theatre | Anuseree Roy, David Yee*

DA JIA | fu-GEN Theatre | Sophie Gee*

Falling in Time | Prismatic Festival | Chris Gatchalian*

Killjoy | Steady State Theatre | Clara Pasieka*

*Staged Reading

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

Certified Basic Actor Combatant, Voice Over, Choreography, Can-Fit Pro certified Fitness Instructor Specialist, Barre Instructor. Languages: English, Conversational Mandarin, Basic French. Accents: Standard British, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, New York Sports: Snowboarding, Yoga, Rock Climbing

 

DIRECTION

MUSIK FÜR DAS ENDE [2017]

  • Assistant Director to Chris Abraham at Crow's Theatre and Soundstreams
  • Involved in initial script workshops in Stratford and Toronto
  • Assisted in staging transitions for ensemble
  • Recorded and delivered detailed technical and staging notes

MOTHER TONGUE PROJECT [2016 - Ongoing]

  • Director/Creator/Performer 
  • Developed with Then They Fight Theatre (2016/17) and Cahoot's Theatre (2017/18)
  • Received sold out workshop performances at the Black Cat Artspace
  • Performed in English and Mandarin

BITE HARD: The Justin Chin Project [2017 - Ongoing]

  • Director/Facilitator for the Bite Hard Collective
  • In residence with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, b current performing arts 
  • Received numerous Theatre Creator Reserve grants in support of development 
  • Artists-in-residence at Lemontree Creations (2017)

FACTORY FOREMEN [2015/16]

  • Member of Inaugural Emerging Director's Unit at Factory Theatre
  • Assistant Director to Peter Hinton for Bombay Black
  • Master classes with Acclaimed Theatre Practitioners: Camellia Koo, Ric Knowles, Soheil Parsa and Nina Lee Aquino
  • Directed a new play workshop and staged reading of Yolanda Bonnell's Scanner at Factory Wired  

CLASSIQUES DES POCHE: LE BA-TA-CLAN/ L'ÎLE DU RÊVE [2014]

  • Director for Opera 5 production of Jacques Offenbach's Le Ba-Ta-Clan
  • Staged within 2 Week Rehearsal Period
  • Worked with Musical Director Maikai Nash
  • Collaborated with designers Oz Weaver and Matt Vaile
  • Premiered at L'Alliance Francais September 2014

TAPESTRY OPERA BRIEFS [2014]

  • Assistant Director under Tapestry AD Michael Mori for 10 new short opera pieces
  • Directed and choreographed David Yee's Blind Woman
  • Guided audience members for site specific pieces
  • Assisted in pre-show set up in various performance sites

FENG YI TING [Luminato 2013]

  • Assistant Director under Director Atom Egoyan on Canadian Premiere
  • Conducted extensive research on Chinese regional opera styles and practices
  • Delivered notes on Tech and Dress Rehearsals
  • Assisted in translation for Chinese soloists

THE PENELOPIAD [REMOUNT 2012/13]

  • Assistant Director under Artistic Director Kelly Thorton with Nightwood Theatre
  • Recorded choreography, acting and tech notes
  • Learned choreography and songs when standing in for missing actors
  • Assisted with backstage dressing and set changes

STOCKHOLM [2012]

  • Assistant Directed under Kelly Straughan with Seventh Stage Productions
  • in Association with Nightwood Theatre
  • Researched background information for director and actors
  • Recorded choreography and fight notes
  • Compiled and Edited Producer Melissa Jane Shaw's notes for first-person article in the Charlebois Post

HARBOURFRONT NEXTSTEPS 11/12 FESTIVAL: ENTER THE SHADOW [2011]

  • Associate Directed a Harbourfront Centre Fresh Grounds New Work Commission
  • Dramaturged in various stages of writing for playwright Ins Choi
  • Assisted in company managing, communicated with different heads of production
  • Acted as liaison between the co-directors and Harbourfront representatives

INT/EXT [2011/2012]

  • Produced and performed in original short dance film
  • Directed a camera crew and commissioned original music
  • Created and performed site specific choreography
  • Presented at an intimate salon performance in December 2011
  • Available for viewing on Youtube

 

PRODUCTION

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS @ AN HONEST FAREWELL [2017]

  • Production Coordinator and Facilitator for the Paprika Festival Creators Unit
  • Facilitated a group of diverse emerging artists in the creation of an immersive theatre piece for Honest Ed's
  • Coordinated and communicated with the Centre for Social Innovation's Toronto for Everyone
  • Supervised Paprika participants at An Honest Farewell: aMAZEment Immersive Art Maze 3 Day Festival.
  • Scheduled rehearsals and post-mortem for the Creation Unit

THE PAPRIKA FESTIVAL [2016/17]

  • Creation Unit Facilitator for emerging artists ages 17-25
  • Ran weekly creation sessions based in Immersive Theatre 
  • Taught movement, acting and stagecraft
  • Invited guest artists for special sessions: Julie Tepperman, Byron Laviolette and Genevieve Blais
  • Facilitated the creation of Sleepless Nights which played at Honest Ed's, The Paprika Festival and the Toronto Fringe Festival

THE DEATH OF MRS. GANDHI AND THE BEGINNING OF NEW PHYSICS [2016]

  • Director of Marketing
  • Shot and edited video - a teaser, interview and behind-the-scenes
  • Created media content for social media platforms
  • Created copy for successful crowdfunding campaign 
  • Obtained media previews and online event postings

CROSSING GIBRALTAR: SAVITRI AND SATYAVAN [2016]

  • Co-facilitated a 10 day Theatre Intensive for Youth ages 15-22 with Sharada Eswar
  • Taught contemporary theatre practices and creation techniques
  • Facilitated the creation of a 30 minute showcase 
  • Assisted Guest Artists

CAHOOTS THEATRE OUTREACH COORDINATOR [2015/16]

  • With support from Theatre Ontario Professional Theatre Training Program to train under Marjorie Chan in Outreach
  • Developed and executed outreach programming for Cahoots Theatre's 2015/16 Season
  • Built community networks and facilitated community partnerships
  • Facilitated and assisted in the running of weekly workshops for Crossing Gibraltar: Ultrasound
  • Coordinated artists, LOA's and honorariums

CAHOOTS LIFT OFF FESTIVAL [2014]

  • Festival Coordinator for the three day community and arts festival Lift Off!
  • Coordinated and oversaw the daily schedules of the Festival
  • Served as a liaison between artists, guests and the Theatre
  • Coordinated artists, catering, signage, set up and strike

fu-GEN ASIAN CANADIAN THEATRE [2012/13]

  • Video Producer for 10th Anniversary Season of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre
  • Produced the fu-GEN 10 Year Anniversary Mini Documentary
  • Responsible for scheduling and coordinating shoot dates
  • Interviewed notable Theatre and Film/TV professionals
  • Delivered a high quality promotional videos for fu-GEN Season Launch and Ching Chong Chinaman (All videos available to view on Youtube)

ANEEMAH'S SPOT [Summerworks 2012]

  • Associate Produced World Premiere of spoken word dramatist Motion's new work
  • Managed Social Media Marketing and Promotion
  • Acted as Media Contact; wrote and distributed official Press Release
  • Recruited videographer for promotional trailer and archival footage
  • Winner of 2012 RBC Arts Professional Awar

 

AWARDS

The Jean Gascon Award (Stratford 2017) The Future Generation Scholarship (2016); RBC Arts Professional Award (2012), Lou Taube Award (2010), George Merner Excellence in Speech Award (2009), Sears Ontario Drama Festival Award for Distinctive Merit in Acting (2005)

JURIES

Rhubarb Advisory Committee (2017)

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation (2016)

Crow's Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director's Prize (2016 & 2017)

REFERENCES

Available Upon Request