Camryn Chew

Actor/Teaching Artist

Camryn (she/they) is an artist and educator living and working on the stolen lands of the Sc̓əwaθən Məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her practice is focused on gentle structure, flexibility, and sustainability. She is a 2020 graduate of Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen program, where she played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Camryn’s original play Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Not Even Me has been performed in Vancouver, San Diego, and Jersey City. Camryn most recently appeared as an actor in Delta Stageworks’ workshop production of new devised play Heirlooms & Baggage (My Mother’s Story). Up next, Camryn’s new original play Can’t Cope will debut as a reading at the Arts Club’s LEAP Festival. Camryn works as a teaching artist with Bard on the Beach and Carousel Theatre.

I’m really proud that I was able to recently share my Mother’s story via devised theatre as part of Delta Stageworks’ recent workshop production of our new piece Heirlooms and Baggage (My Mother’s Story). I was able to play a version of myself and authentically share about the uncommon dialect of Chinese that my family speaks called Hoi-San, incidences of anti-Asian racism that my Mom has experienced, and how my Mom has had to battle being stereotyped. This piece was the first time in my whole acting career thus far that I have had the opportunity to play a Chinese character onstage that wasn’t written as a racist stereotype.