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 Theatre: Paul 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

BANFF CITADEL PROFESSIONAL THEATRE TRAINING - Intern Directing Program

Directing Mentor: Rachel Peake Voice/Text: Alison Matthews Acting: Dean Paul Gibson Shakespeare: Scott Bellis Chekov: Brenda Bazinet Aerials: Annie Dugan Stage Combat: Jonathan Purvis Viewpoints: Dave Horak

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

K BODY AND MIND | Theatre Replacement pushOFF | Conor Wylie

Total Knockout | Pandemic Theatre | Sunny Drake and Tom Arthur Davis

Childish | Studio 180/Nightswimming Theatre | Brian Quirt and Sunny Drake

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, Rappelling

 

DIRECTION

YELLOW RABBIT | Soulpepper Theatre and Silk Bath Collective | 2018 * SOLD OUT RUN *

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET) | Banff Citadel Professional Theatre Program | 2018

MOTHER TONGUE PROJECT | Then They Fight Theatre | 2016 * SOLD OUT RUN *

SCANNER | Factory Theatre: Sparks Fly | 2016

BITE HARD: The Justin Chin Project | Lemontree Creations Residency [2017] | b current Performing Arts Residency [2018]

LE BA-TA-CLAN | Opera 5 | 2014

Upcoming in 2019 : ROT (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre: MSG Lab Reading), DIRT (Theatre Direct Forward March Festival),

HILOT MEANS HEALER (Cahoots Theatre)

ASSOCIATE* AND ASSISTANT DIRECTION

THE GREAT LEAP Creative Cultural Consultant for The Arts Club | Meg Roe | 2019

CROW HILL: THE TELEPHONE PLAY  4th Line Theatre | Deborah Williams | 2018

THE SILVER ARROW  Citadel Theatre | Daryl Cloran | 2018

THE WEDDING PARTY  Crows Theatre | Chris Abraham | 2018

MUSIK FÜR DAS ENDE  Crows Theatre | Chris Abraham | 2017

BOMBAY BLACK Factory Theatre | Peter Hinton | 2015

TAPESTRY OPERA BRIEFS Tapestry Opera | Michael Mori |2014

FENG YI TING  Luminato Festival | Atom Egoyan | 2013

THE PENELOPIAD Nightwood Theatre | Kelly Thorton | 2012

STOCKHOLM Seventh Stage | Kelly Straughan | 2012

*HARBOURFRONT NEXTSTEPS 11/12 FESTIVAL: ENTER THE SHADOW Harbourfront Centre | Lee Pham | 2011

 

RESIDENCIES: Gateway Theatre, b current Performing Arts, Lemontree Creations (2015, 2017)

 

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

Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2018/19)

Storefront Theatre Feminist Festival (2018)

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