The Collective


The Collective is a group of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic practices dedicated to improving their craft as performing artists. They will receive ongoing training from professional artists that focuses on varied aspects of performance work. Instruction will focus on an interdisciplinary approach to live performance creation.

Some past workshops the Collective has received are:

  • Theatre Creation with Tawiah M’Carthy
  • Movement with Tara Cheyenne
  • Monologue Creation with Carmen Aguirre
  • Improv Technqiues with Veena Sood
  • Clowning with David MacMurrary Smith

We aim to implement a progressive, inclusive model of training that celebrates the diverse voices of our community. The collective is at the heart of everything Urban Ink creates as a company, and supports us in building bridges with broader cultural and artistic communities. The Collective provides a home for artists to grow their own artistic work, and a chance to collaborate and have an ongoing, meaningful relationship to the next generation of live performance artists and creators.

Below is a picture from the Collective and The Writers Group workshop with Carmen Aguirre. Top from left to right: Brenda Prince, Jordan Chin, Gillian Thomson, Monice Peter, Claire Love Wilson, Indu Iyer; Bottom from left to right: Kieran Wilson, Sindy Angel



* To facilitate access to training, knowledge and professional resources.
* To build a community of informed, empowered collaborators.
* To promote diversity so that Vancouver stages more accurately reflect the city’s demographics.
* To encourage self-determination by providing the tools, skills and knowledge to self produce and/or partner with relevant organizations.
* To expose collective members to a variety of local performances in multiple disciplines and engage in collective member led feedback sessions where work is given context, analyzed, and constructively criticized. The collective will engage in post-performance talk-backs with artists where possible.

Meet the Collective!

Mariam Barry

mariam_headshotMariam Barry is an actor of colour from Norway and the Gambia. Her mixed heritage, and international background, shape her artistic practice. This is seen in her passion for centering, telling and creating intercultural and indigenous narratives that affirm and celebrate diverse voices on the stage. To Barry, Urban Ink undeniably provides this. With regards to formal training, Barry is a UBC graduate of the BFA Acting program. Her previous credits include The Arabian Nights, Eurydice, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Bacchae 2.1, Chamber Music (UBC all above), Disgraced (UBC Players Club) and Dry Land (Rumble Theatre). Upcoming you can see her perform in Belfast Girls (Peninsula Productions). Barry is beyond delighted to be a member of the Actor’s Collective at Urban Ink! 

Natalie Davidson

 ndavidson-headshotOriginally from Calgary, Natalie is a queer-identified theatre artist, facilitator, and emerging administrator with a passion for interdisciplinary performance, inclusivity, and community arts engagement. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and has most recently performed and created in challenging new forms of theatre such as “The Stranger” with DLT Teatro, and MACHiNE NOiSY’s “PROX:IMITY RE:MIX” project, where she also has worked as a youth mentor. Select favourite acting credits include Ingrid in Blavatsky’s Tower (Studio Theatre), The Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera (Studio Theatre), and the title role in Lysistrata (University of Alberta). Recently, she has become involved as an assistant with Creativa International’s For A Muse of Fire and True Voice Theatre Project, both of which are outreach theatre programs that offer performance and creation workshops to residents of the Downtown Eastside, including those who have experienced homelessness or are currently vulnerably housed. She strives to always remain engaged in critical theatrical discourse; constantly exploring the sociological, political, and aesthetic dimensions of live performance. Of particular interest to her is work that explores cross-cultural themes such as reconciliation, immigration, and spirituality in an increasingly secular world. Next up, she will be working with Neworld Theatre as their Community Cultivation Intern in 2017

Grace Dove

gracedove3Grace Dove is Secwepemc from Canim Lake Indian Band, BC and believes a movement like Urban Ink is crucial in the expansion of minority voices. Ever since high school, she knew exactly what she wanted to do and spent much of her time dreaming and manifesting her future. After a whirlwind year filming “The Revenant” where she plays opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, she is ready for a new challenge, and looks to grow both personally and professionally.

Jessica Leung

img_20161208_001705Jessica is DeafPOC(Person of Colour) – Asian Taiwanese and Chinese Born, currently and acknowledging living on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish (Vancouver, BC) territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples. Jessica is a poet, dancer, movement, visual artist and in hopes of learning movement combine with sign language (American Sign Language). Jessica is in an organization called Cascadia Deaf Nation (CDN) that is empowering vehicle for d/Deaf POC intersectionality and their allies to learn and be conscious stewarding warriors through activism, cultural humility, compassion and non-violent communication in the sense of community transforming the meaning of justice in thriving spaces together. Jessica is one of the stewarding leaders of BC. Now, recently made my first zine like a month ago and it’s is written book of contains six poems of who I am as Deaf perspective and in the hearing world intersectionality. I am now currently making second part with more poem with creating hopes of bringing my culture focus on Asian communities and possible happening in this 2016 time of year as it is ending soon. On going journey still seeking human connections that gains the hope and perspective of each communities as I learn, relearn, and unlearn by whether it is oppressive and using my privilege to a way that I am ally and in each minority groups. As I have interact with varies of communities – hearing to Deaf world in hopes to spread information time time and hopefully they can empower me and the communities to plant one seeds at a time and have them grow in wonderful places. That is the beauty of being in the collective communities.

Albert Tsai

smaller-sizeA singer, musician, street dancer, and aspiring actor based in Vancouver, Albert Tsai is still a newcomer to Vancouver’s performing arts scene. But he’s certainly not someone that can be overlooked. Of Taiwanese descent, He completed his education in Taiwan with a major in Theatre Arts, focusing on Stage Acting and Directing. After graduating in 2013, he made the decision to come back to Vancouver, where he had spent part of his childhood, to further his career. Training in multiple disciplines, he hopes to combine all of them into his unique blend of performance, and through it, connect, inspire, and trigger change in people and society.

Robert Thomson

dsc_4843Multi talented and of Haida descent, Robert Thomson is a musician, composer, and electronic beat maker. He is the band leader of soul pop project Sister Says, co-host of the podcast Meet The Collective, and a member of multidisciplinary performance group Urban Ink Collective. Robert’s select performance credits in 2016:  Sadie Campbell – Shuswap Tour (Bass Guitar), David Blair – Home Coming Show (Bass Guitar), Kristi Lane Sinclair – The Red Ride Tour (Bass Guitar), and Silenced – rEvolver Festival (Musical Director/Performer).

Krys Yuan

img_2371Krys Yuan is a young Singaporean theatre-maker currently studying anthropology at UBC. Having graduated from the School of the Arts, Singapore as a theatre student, she dances between disciplines and continues her theatre practice outside of school as an actor, director and writer. She finds herself perpetually in the ‘in-between’, drawn to the stories and people that live there. When she isn’t busy with words or theories, she enjoys birdwatching, chasing after cats and watching sunsets. Previous writing & directing credits include: Amber (as part of Generation Hot, 2016), the house guests. (2014). Previous acting credits include: The Heist (2015), Top Girls (2014), Bacchae (2013), Rhinoceros (2012). She is incredibly honoured to be part of Urban Ink Collective 2016 – 2017, and would like to thank Urban Ink for this tremendous opportunity.


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For more info contact:

Jordan Chin
Community Outreach Coordinator, Urban Ink Productions