Company in Residence – Silk Bath Collective

Four East Asian actors have their faces painted in white paint, with mask-like face painting. three are smiling at the camera, but one character is off to the side looking concerned.

Silk Bath Collective was founded in 2015 by three Toronto-based Chinese-Canadian theatre makers, Bessie Cheng, Aaron Jan and Gloria Mok. The collective first met at fu-GEN Theatre’s Kitchen XII Playwrights Unit, where they developed a great respect for each other’s writing and found a shared passion for telling stories rooted in the Chinese Canadian experience. Silk Bath Collective made history with their inaugural production Silk Bath, which was Toronto Fringe’s first trilingual play (Mandarin, Cantonese, and English). Today the collective continue to create multilingual multidisciplinary work that centre around the Chinese diaspora.

Productions: Silk Bath (2016 Toronto Fringe, 2017 Next Stage Festival), Yellow Rabbit (2018 Soulpepper Theatre)
Residencies: Silk Bath 2.0 (2017 Tarragon Workspace Program), Woking Phoenix (2020 Theatre Passe Muraille Buzz Program)

Header image | by Alfred Chow | Slideshow images from Yellow Rabbit, 2018 at Soulpepper | by Cesar Ghisilieri