Carmela Sison (she/her) is a Filipino-Canadian artist living and working on the unsurrendered traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA in Acting program and has been working in theatre and film since 2010. Select theatre credits include Miss Bennett: Christmas in Pemberley (Arts Club), Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary), Are We There Yet?, Consent, Under Cover (Concrete Theatre), Cowboy Vs. Samurai (Chromatic Theatre). Beyond acting she has also taken on producing, arts administration, and coaching for young actors. She is a past participant in Workshop Theatre Montreal’s Glassco Translation residency in Taddousac, Quebec, and recently completed a two-year translation and adaptation development of a Tagalog translation of A Taste of Empire by Jovanni Sy titled Lasa ng Imperyo with Nina Lee Aquino and Jovanni Sy.
Being an Asian artist in Canadian Theatre has been and continues to be an evolving experience. From wanting to fit in the mold to breaking free of of stereotypes to creating new work based on history. I love being able to honour my roots and bringing in my lived experience to my work.