Stop! Hammer Time.
And what I mean to say is, Congratulations to Playwright, Actor, and Director,  Jovanni Sy who was just recently appointed the new Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond BC.

Jovanni was the Assistant Director on Carlos Bulosan’s Miss Orient(ed) which was Nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Outstanding Direction & Outstanding Costume Design (Independent Division).

Jovanni has performed with theatre companies across Canada including Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s), The Grand Theatre (London), The Citadel (Edmonton), The Banff Centre, Theatre Junction (Calgary), Globe Theatre (Regina), Nakai Theatre (Whitehorse), and Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. His most recent appearance was in Fear of Flight at the East Vancouver Cultural Centre during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Among his numerous film and television credits are regular roles on two CBC series—Riverdale and Side Effects.

In 2010, Jovanni was the Playwright-in-Residence at the Shaw Festival where he worked on The Birth of the American Empire (as told by those who received the Blessings of Liberty), an epic drama set during the Spanish-American War. In July 2010, Jovanni wrote and performed his one-man play, A Taste of Empire which was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play.

From 2004-2009, he was artistic director of Cahoots Theatre Copmany. In 2011, he returned to Cahoots to perform his one-man play, A Taste of Empire (dir. Guillermo Verdecchia , in which he prepared  Bangos (traditional Filipino fish recipe) for us all to eat in the St. Lawrence Market Kitchen, while comically deconstructing the historical, political, and ethical implications of the dish, particularly in respect to the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, and the globalization of jobs and food production. It was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Play or New Musical (Independent Division).

(he’s too legit to quit)

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