Headshot of Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En (张欣恩) © Benjamin Raphael Chia
Mokhínstsis / Calgary, AB

Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En (张欣恩)

Last updated: September 14, 2022

Kris Vanessa Teo Xin-En (张欣恩) is a Chinese-Singaporean settler in Mohkinstsis, on Treaty 7 territory. She practices as a playwright, performer, director, arts administrator and producer. Kris currently works with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre in multiple capacities. Much of Kris’ artistic explorations land at the intersections of food, identity and in-betweenness. She deeply values working in kind, care-centered, anti-racist and anti-oppressive ways, and is committed to prioritizing these values as she creates art and lifts up her communities. 

Kris is the playwright and performer behind 我的名是张欣恩 (Gimme chance leh), that was developed with support from Chromatic Theatre. While its premiere has been canceled twice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an audio version of the play has been produced as part of Canada Council Digital Originals.

Projects & initiatives

  • Stages essay © Amber Williams-King resource

    Stages of Transformation

    This expansive new digital resource brings together artists and creative communities from across so-called Canada to explore the imperatives of abolition movements and their applications to our work in the theatre sector. 

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    ThisGen Fellowship

    In partnership with Why Not Theatre, the NAC is delighted to announce the 2022 cohort of ThisGen Fellowship. Meet the fellows and faculty.