Derek Chan grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives in Vancouver. Derek received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek was part of the 2020 Banff Playwrights Lab, and is a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a piece about the ongoing 2019-20 anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong.
The NAC English Theatre Artist in Residence is made possible with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.