Gloria is a playwright, producer, production manager, designer, and theatre creator who has worked with a wide range of arts organizations across Toronto and nationally. She is settler and daughter of first-generation Chinese-Canadian immigrants from Hong Kong. Alongside Chinese-Canadian theatre creators Aaron Jan and Bessie Cheng, Gloria co-founded Silk Bath Collective in 2016; focused on creating multidisciplinary plays about the Chinese diaspora. Gloria is the Producer at Nightswimming in Toronto, a dramaturgical company with a national mandate focused on commissioning new theatrical creations and developing performance research. Gloria holds a BA from the University of Guelph, a BEd from the University of Toronto OISE, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production Design and Technical Arts program.
Alongside Chinese-Canadian theatre creators Aaron Jan and Bessie Cheng, I’m proud to have co-founded Silk Bath Collective in 2016; focused on creating multilingual and multidisciplinary plays about the Chinese diaspora. Our first play SILK BATH, performed in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, premiered to sold-out audiences and was the first trilingual play in Toronto Fringe Festival history. We are currently a Company Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille developing our latest project, WOKING PHOENIX, a story that centres around a family who owns a Chinese restaurant in small-town Ontario. Hearing audiences remark on how they feel seen or feel inspired to share their own stories is incredibly heartwarming.
As an Asian-Canadian working in the performing arts, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to advocate for and uplift the voices of fellow Asian-Canadians and immigrants, especially those who are traditionally marginalized and underserved. It is my hope that art can spark important conversations, meaningful connections, and move us towards a more beautiful and just society.