Norman Yeung

Norman works in theatre, film, and visual arts.

As a writer, his play “Theory” won First Prize in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition and was a finalist for the Safe Words New Canadian Play Award. It was presented by Soulpepper at its inaugural Tiger Bamboo Festival and was recorded as a podcast by Expect Theatre/PlayME. "Pu-Erh" premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille and was nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play. "Pu-Erh" was a Herman Voaden finalist. “Ms. Desjardins”, a commission from the City of Toronto, was presented at Zion Schoolhouse and was recorded as a podcast by Expect Theatre/PlayME. “Deirdre Dear” premiered at the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis. His performance piece “In this moment.” premiered at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and his opera “Black Blood” (Norman Yeung, librettist; Christiaan Venter, composer) premiered at Tapestry New Opera Showcase, and was presented at Paprika Festival. He is a member of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, and a former member of Canadian Stage's BASH! artist development program, fu-GEN's Kitchen Playwrights Unit, and Tapestry New Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory. He is featured in the books "Reading Wide Awake: Politics, Pedagogies, and Possibilities" by Patrick Shannon, and "Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism" by Xiaoping Li.

As an actor, stage performances include the Canadian Premiere of “Chimerica” at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage, the Canadian Premiere of “The Kite Runner” at Theatre Calgary and Citadel Theatre, and “Salome” at Los Angeles Opera. His film and television credits include a supporting role in "Resident Evil: Afterlife" (Sony/Screen Gems), a series regular role in "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil" (SPACE/CTV), and roles in “Rookie Blue” (ABC/Global), “Murdoch Mysteries” (CBC), and “King” (Showcase).

Films he has written and directed include “Anne Darling”, "Marnie Love", "Hello Faye", and "Light 01", which have screened at international film festivals, on Movieola Channel, Mini Movie International Channel (Europe), and on Air Canada. He was Second Unit Director on "The Tracey Fragments", a feature film directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Ellen Page.

Since 1993, his urban art can be found under bridges, on freight trains, behind warehouses, in transit tunnels, and on living room walls, from New York City to Brisbane. He has exhibited his paintings and drawings in such venues as FRCP/Galerie Youn (Montreal), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Art Gallery of Mississauga, Board of Directors (Toronto), Milk Glass (Toronto), and curcioprojects (New York City). His painting and illustration clients include LVMH, Bruce Mau Design, National Film Board of Canada, MTV, CBC, Eye Weekly, Rice Paper Magazine, and many more. He was featured on CBC Radio 3's "MAKE: Next Generation Canadian Creators", CBC's ZeD TV, MuchMusic, MTV, and in numerous publications and documentaries.

Norman has lectured at Central Technical School (Toronto) about urban art, at Lord Byng Secondary School (Vancouver) about a career in the arts, spoken at The Humanitas Festival (Toronto) about responsible casting of minorities in media, and received a Toronto Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Award for his mural work.  He has twice been a playwriting mentor for the Paprika Festival (Toronto).

He holds a BFA in Acting/Theatre from the University of British Columbia and a BFA (Honours) in Film from Ryerson University. Norman grew up in East Vancouver and lives in Los Angeles and Toronto.

Affiliation: 
CAEA