COMPANY PROFILE: rice & beans theatre!

Here’s some information about rice & beans theatre. When you come to Hive, you’ll find them in the upstairs bar space. Personally, I think they’re the perfect company to go there.  They always come up with unique and unconventional ways of working. (Good times, all around) I look forward to seeing what they come up with! Below, I’ve listed their company mandate and bios. For more information about rice & beans theatre,visit their website:

Company Mandate

rice & beans theatre is a company interested in telling stories in unique, innovative ways. We strive to create thought provoking, boundary pushing art that is passionately intimate and delicately violent. We do not wish to be limited to producing established plays or museum pieces. rice & beans wish to create, adapt, facilitate all type of works. Also we are excited to always work with new and emerging artists from all disciplines and not only restricted to professionals.

Company Bios

Pedro Chamale

Pedro Chamale made his way down to the lower mainland from the town of Chetwynd in the north of British Columbia. He went through the Douglas College acting program then moved on to SFU where he received his BFA in theatre performance.
Past performances include Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), Brownian Motion choreographed by Rob Kitsos, Neworld Theatre’s piece for Hive 3-FriskThe Show Must Go On and Poetics: a ballet brute (2010 Push) and Harmonia by Ned Dickens, which went on to be a part of the City of Wine Festival at the Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto Ont. produced by Nightswimming.
Pedro is most interested in performance, directing and collaboration and hopes to facilitate, create and collaborate with anyone who is interested. Pedro would like to push audience’s perspectives, values and ideas of theatre while telling interesting, evocative and funny stories.

Derek Chan

A native of Hong Kong, Derek moved to Canada to study theatre at Simon Fraser University.  With a BFA in theatre, starting his own company was the perfectly logical next step.  Currently Derek is most passionate about directing and writing.
In Spring/Summer 2009, Derek performed in Harmonia at SFU, which was also part of the City of Wine Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.  In Spring 2010 Derek assistant directed and dramaturged the SFU mainstage performance of Machinal, and then he graduated to write and direct rice & beans’ debut production, Keep to the West, in August 2010.
Derek believes theatre should be sincere, personal and vulnerable, and has an appetite for an intimate, uncompromising and delicately violent theatre.

Stevie Benisch

As a fellow graduate from SFU’s theatre program, Stevie joins rice & beans as the token white girl. On top of her ethnical diversity and BFA, Stevie brings mad spreadsheet making skills to the team. When asked “If Derek is the rice, Pedro is the beans, what are you?” Any one who knows Stevie, knows the answer is: “a delicious bison steak.” Stevie is excited to be a part of this up and coming company. As a trained actor she usually, quite happily, finds herself on stage, but is enjoying being a part of rice & beans in a totally different way.  You can follow Stevie on twitter @Stevious_b

Christina Andreola

Christina joins the rice&beans mix as another collaborator from Simon Fraser. She is currently completing her degree in Theatrical Production and Design and can finally see the light at the end of the scholarly tunnel.

Recent production credits include John and Jen (Undiscovered Theatre), Iphigenia (Lois Anderson & Simon Fraser), From Whence He Came, and Keep to the West (rice&beans theatre). Nowadays, she can be found either at her design-focused workspace, BLD Decor and Scenery, or roaming the halls of Woodwards, as the Technical Director of this term’s highly experimental (and hilarious) Blackbox program.

Aside from her theatre work, Christina holds a Diploma in Event Management and loves that she’s able to do what she loves both in work and in play. She’s looking forward to the start of the 2012/2013 rice&beans season, notably the show inspired by the eerie content on floppy disks found in her first apartment….


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