Announcing the next MSG Lab


MSG Lab is Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s annual new play development program in association with PTC. Facilitating the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists, this program is their commitment to the next generation of Asian Canadian theatre makers. The MSG Lab showcases stories from the Asian Canadian points of view, and develops new Asian Canadian work to a professional level for future production opportunities.

The 2017-18 MSG Lab cohort:

Sangeeta Wylie will work with dramaturg Heidi Taylor on Boat People

Gary Mok works with Joanna Garfinkel on i broke the Ocean

Yumi Ogawa works with Kathleen Flaherty on Japanglish2


Sangeeta Wylie, a proud Newfoundlander by birth, a Vancouverite by choice, and a former Torontonian by happenstance, is an actor, writer, and sometime director/producer. She has worked with director Deepa Mehta (Beeba Boys), and most recently appeared on stage in Refuge at the Firehall. This marks her first MSG Lab play; she is grateful for the opportunity to explore her playwriting dexterity with VACT.  When she is not working in theatre/film/tv, Sangeeta acts on the board of directors for The Cultch, plays classical piano, and practices dentistry at a not-for-profit clinic in Vancouver.

Yumi Ogawa is an actor and writer based in Vancouver. Some career highlights include, playing Linda in Mom’s the Word (Belfry/PTE), the Western Canadian tour of her critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical solo show, Japanglish, four years writing and performing sketch comedy with the Assaulted Fish, and playing Tess in Sex in Vancouver 1 & 2 (VACT). When Yumi isn’t wrangling her four-year-old daughter, she auditions for commercials/TV and is the writing instructor/dramaturge at Arts Umbrella, as well as a member of the Wet Ink Collective.

Gary Mok is a storyteller from Mississauga, Ontario and recent graduate of the Playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Written plays include Mum (University of Guelph), i’m thinking about thinking about crying (London Theatre Fringe Festival), and we could be clouds (NTS). Gary is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Adele. Gary is the winner of the 2017 RBC Emerging Playwright Award.