Grace Chin

General Manager, Ruby Slippers Theatre

Grace Chin is a Vancouver, BC-based arts administrator, editor/writer, performer, and content specialist. She is Executive Director, Crazy8s Film Society; General Manager, Ruby Slippers Theatre; co-founder, Pan-Asian Staged Reading Society; and board member, Vancouver Short Film Festival. Previously, she served on the board of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre; was Festival Director of Vancouver Asian Film Festival; and Interim Managing Director, Vancouver international Women in Film Festival (now GEMFest). She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and of UBCP/ACTRA. As a writer/director, she has a short film, The Eulogy, completing post-production; as a writer/performer, a play, A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Canada, that was at rEvolver Festival and STAND Festival; and as co-writer, a feature film in development, “You Can’t Curry Love.” As a performer, Grace has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW, E!, Showcase, Hallmark, Lifetime, Freeform, CBC, Netflix, and AppleTV+, as well as in short- and feature-length films. Grace regularly contributes to panels, juries, mentorship and consulting, and in a speaking or hosting capacity. Grace is googleable.

Shoutout to Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, its board and staff and current artistic leadership, and to its founder Joyce Lam for fostering so many of us Asian Canadian artists on the west coast. vAct is a community and a platform to develop and to showcase each others’ work, to grow as creatives, and to network and collaborate with each other. It made a difference and continues to make a difference, and to provide space and a place for Asian Canadian artists and their stories and work. This is all still so very much needed to move forward, as the fight is not over! Real talk: As an arts administrator, it’s become clear to me (over years of attrition, am sure any arts administrator may relate) that for my own soul and sanity, I need a creative outlet in addition to the ops and admin. Am happy and grateful I was able write/perform a solo show that was part of rEvolver and STAND in 2023, based on personal Southeast Asian diaspora experience: A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Canada. Excited for what may be next! Big thanks to Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society and Rumble Theatre for the original commission as part of Banyan: An Intercultural Ceremonial Performance, and to vAct and Ruby Slippers Theatre for workshopping it in MSG Lab and Advance Theatre Festival respectively, over the course of its four-year development. And huge thanks to both Dennis Gupa and Raugi Yu for their invaluable contributions as directors to the play, its staging, and performance!