DIRECTOR - PLAYWRIGHT - DRAMATURG
UPCOMING:

Aaron will be directing Carlo Goldoni's THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS as a part of Theatre Erindale's 2021/2022 season for the graduating UTM Acting class.

Aaron and composer/lyricist alaska b have been commissioned to write a new musical for Sheridan College's Musical Theatre Program's FIRST DRAFTS series.

Aaron and alaska b have been commissioned by the Musical Stage Company's Aubrey and Marla Dan Fund to continue work on their new musical, MEAT. https://musicalstagecompany.com/shows/meat/  

Aaron and Riel Reddick-Stevens are the first winners of Highland Arts Theatre's RITA JOE AWARD where they will be developing their new basketball musical, LAY-UP. 
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ABOUT ME

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Tablework Workshop with Made In Exile Theatre

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Headshot on cover page by Graham Isador

Aaron Jan is a Hamilton born, Toronto based playwright, bookwriter, 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, the 2021 co-winner of the Rita Joe Playwriting Award and a 2021 co-recipient of Musical Stage Company's Aubrey and Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals.

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, The University of Windsor,  Humber, The Toronto Fringe, Hart House, York University, Laurier, the Paprika Festival, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir High School, the Musical Stage Company and Made in Exile theatre company.

 

DIRECTING

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GA TING by Minh Ly
NEWS PLAY by Madeleine Brown
EVERYONE WANTS A T-SHIRT! by Madeleine Brown
TERRITORIAL TALES by Alice Liu
SILK BATH by Bessie Cheng, Aaron Jan and Gloria Mok
SWAN by Aaron Jan
ROWING by Aaron Jan
HERE by Aaron Jan
 
 
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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, TEACHING AND PRODUCING

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 the artists, as is my producing and mentorship. 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!

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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
 
 
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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!

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