Camyar Chai

Camyar has worked in theatre, opera, film, television and radio formore than two decades. As a writer, his work ranges from the co-creation of the political satire, The Adventures of Ali and Ali (published by Talonbooks) and the historical musical, Asylum of the Universe (published by Canadian Theatre Review). He has also written librettos for children’s opera such as Elijah’s Kite, which received a command performance for the Governor General. His directing credits include the outdoor site-specific production Bollywood Wedding, Adrift On The Nile, an Alcan Award recipient, and Mother Courage And Her Children, which was his University of British Columbia MFA thesis. As an actor he has worked for professional companies and festivals across Canada as well as appearing in numerous television and film productions including the Canadian independent film Ambrosia. Camyar is the founder of Neworld Theatre, one of Canada’s acclaimed independent theatre companies. He has also worked as an Arts broadcaster and educator, and served on several panels and committees. He took a three year hiatus from the professional Arts circuit to become the Executive Director of the BC branch of Leave Out Violence (LOVE) BC, a Media Arts based organizaton that works with youth. Currently, he is the Arts Coordinator for Richmond, BC, a City that values the importance of the Arts as a key component of a healthy and vibrant community.