DIRECTOR - PLAYWRIGHT - DRAMATURG
UPCOMING:
Aaron's play HAGS will be produced as a part of Theatre @ York's 2020/2021 season in November
 
Aaron's company, SILK BATH COLLECTIVE will be in a creation residency at Theatre Passe Muraille for the 2020/2021 season funded by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. 
https://www.passemuraille.ca/buzz/ 
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ABOUT ME

Tablework Workshop with Made In Exile Theatre

Photo taken by Rinchen Dolma

Aaron Jan is a Hamilton born, Toronto based playwright, director and dramaturg. He has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Aquarius, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, and the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Aaron is a member of the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose production of Yellow Rabbit enjoyed a sold out run as a part of Soulpepper’s 2018/2019 season. He is the 2019 winner of the Ken McDougall directing award.

As a director, I love creating vivid and stunning worlds for audiences to lose themselves in. My direction engages the imagination, drawing story from the text and realizing it in spectacular ways, including genre bending worldbuilding, visual choreography, stunning transitions and desperately high stakes.

As a playwright, I'm fascinated by re-contextualizing villains as protagonists. I'm interested in second and third generation Chinese-Canadians and what stories we have to tell beyond migration. I'm interested  the ugliness that can come with that - the dirt, the shame and the laughter. I seek to disrupt the model minority in my work. Let's be villains together!

As a dramaturg and mentor, I am passionate about new play development and nurturing young in craft voices. I believe in the potential of new artists, and have been fortunate to be invited to teach at institutions such as U of T, Humber, The Toronto Fringe, Hart House, York University and Made in Exile theatre company.

 

DIRECTING

GA TING by Minh Ly
NEWS PLAY by Madeleine Brown
EVERYONE WANTS A T-SHIRT! by Madeleine Brown
TERRITORIAL TALES by Alice Liu
MADELEINE SAYS SORRY by Madeleine Brown
SILK BATH by Bessie Cheng, Aaron Jan and Gloria Mok
SWAN by Aaron Jan
ROWING by Aaron Jan
HERE by Aaron Jan
 
 
HAGS
PING / PONG
ONLINE JOY EDIT
Fearless
YELLOW RABBIT
SWAN
Silk Bath
Rowing
Here

I'm fascinated by bad people trying to do good things. I love impossible situations, awkward encounters and high stakes scenarios. My plays dream big and put my underdogs, loners and outsiders in very strange worlds with unexpected consequences. I'm interested in positioning villains as heroes and challenging my audience to root for them.

PLAYWRITING

DRAMATURGY AND FACILITATION

I love new play development. I love the feeling of discovery that comes with it, that big AHA! moment. I love the collaboration that happens when folks are dreaming of a new story.

 

My process as a dramaturg is led by my playwrights, as is my mentorship and my teaching. I want to empower the artists I'm accountable for, so we can all get to the truth and specificity of the work.. My dramaturgy mentor said that the dramaturg is the advocate for the play that could be, which is something I've always taken to heart. Below are some projects I've been lucky enough to have been a part of (and a few that are still cooking!). Please click on them to learn more!

The House Key project
Made in Exile/Teaching
Adjudication - u of T drama festival
The Parkdale New Works Festival
Prairie Fire, Please
Cahoots Theatre
Drug Huggers and the Bathtub Girls
 
 

Let's make something together!

ajan4458@gmail.com

 

Twitter/Instagram:

@afatchineseboy

I love working with new people and am always looking for new collaborators!

 

Shoot me a message, let's have coffee and let's build something cool!

CONTACT INFO

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