Our Team

 VACT Staff

Donna Yamamoto

Donna Yamamoto

Artistic Director

Donna's acting career began in 1987 with a role in an Art’s Club production for which she was recognized with a Jessie Award for “Most Promising Newcomer.” That show (“Another Morning” written by Steve Petch) led her to a rich acting career on stage, film and TV. She played the lead role in a show(“Rosie’s Cafe” by Rick Shiomi , produced by the Firehall Arts Centre) that was the first Asian Canadian professional theatre group to tour across Canada.

Tetsuro Shigematsu

Tetsuro Shigematsu

Artist in Residence

Called the “the voice of our Azn generation” by Ricepaper magazine, Tetsuro was the first person-of-color to host a daily national radio program in Canada for CBC Radio. A former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro now writes for The Huffington Post. Tetsuro can be seen on Spike TV’s reality program The Deadliest Warrior, where he talks smack and kills Vikings. He’s now a PhD student at UBC. Follow him at @tweetsuro.

Annie Jang

Annie Jang

Artistic Associate

Annie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BFA in Theatre Production & Design in 2009 and has worked with several theatre companies in Vancouver as a freelance stage manager. Annie joined the VACT family in 2010 and could not be more ecstatic about the great things in store for the company. Outside of VACT, Annie is the Marketing & Administrative Coordinator at Touchstone Theatre.

Laara Ong

Laara Ong

Artistic Associate

Laara is a professional actor having performed in theatres across Canada. She was nominated for a Jessie award for her role in Golden Child and for a Sterling award for Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl. Other credits include The Yoko Ono Project, A Season in Purgatory and Yellow Fever. It has been a privilege for her to be a part of VACT, working beside such visionaries to see it become a major presence in the Vancouver arts scene.

Bahareh Shigematsu

Bahareh Shigematsu

Artistic Associate

Bahareh was born and raised in Tehran, but has lived all over the world. As a result, she speaks Farsi, Turkish, French and English fluently. She has produced a feature-length film, and several music videos for Persian recording artists that have been seen internationally. She is currently an Artistic Associate with VACT, served as Artistic Associate for Empire of the Son, Dirty Old Woman, and as production manager in numerous theatre development workshops with VACT. 

Derek Chan

Derek Chan

Associate Artistic Producer

Derek Chan is a theatre maker and translator. Born and raised in colonial Hong Kong, Derek lived in Norway for two years before relocating to Vancouver.  After graduating from SFU, he founded rice & beans theatre with Pedro Chamale, and has been creating and producing for the company as co-artistic director since. In 2015, Derek won the Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. In 2016, Derek received a Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, hosted by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.


VACT Board of Directors

Tiffany Chiu

Tiffany Chiu

President

Tiffany is a professional communicator with more than 15 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, academia, non-profits, hospitals and governments around the globe. 

She is currently a principal at Centrifuge Media Lab, where she helps scientific and medical organizations communicate in a way that educates, stimulates and catalyzes change.

Daniel Budgell

Daniel Budgell

Vice President

Daniel is a paediatric nurse at BC Children's Hospital. He sits on a number of boards, including the board of Hapapalooza, an organization that celebrates mixed-roots identity through arts. 

Daniel’s 10+ years of non-profit experience includes extensive knowledge about the laws and regulations that govern charities, and the organizational structures that help groups like VACT run effectively.

Andrea Yu

Andrea Yu

Secretary

Andrea is a local actor, puppeteer, dramaturg, and producer. 

A graduate of Studio 58 and former dramaturg intern with Solo Collective Theatre, Andrea has appeared on stage and in independent films, commercials, TV and print. She also performs in the puppetry troupe Cassie and Friends, which provides educational entertainment to schools located in the Lower Mainland.

Yvonne Gall

Yvonne Gall

Board Member

Yvonne is an award winning radio producer and journalist with 35 years experience, including 25 years at CBC Radio producing content for all of CBC's flagship programs.


While at the CBC, Yvonne led a diversity initiative to help identify stories and story tellers...with the aim of better reflecting the true cultural tapestry that is Vancouver today.

Belle Cheung

Belle Cheung

Board Member

Belle comes from a background in arts administration, communications, and live event management, having worked with various local arts and culture groups on initiatives ranging from affordable studio spaces to large-scale private events. Belle is also a professional stage manager and a member of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at UBC, where she also works as a program manager for two special degree programs in the Faculty of Arts.