Harvest Lens Series + Roots and Seeds at Heart of the City Festival

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October 28 – November 8, 2020

Playwrights Theatre Centre with Heart of the City Festival: media with growth

Heart of the City Festival
promotes, presents and facilitates the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about the Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. When PTC was located in Chinatown/DTES we were so grateful for the neighbours and communities that were so welcoming to us in that area. We have fond memories of the first Heart of the City + PTC event we did, bringing together our playwrights, the company, and members of the community to the wonderful DTES Neighbourhood House. We may have moved, but the relationships we have grown with the festival and the DTES community will always continue to flourish.


PTC is proud to present Harvest Lens Series + Roots and Seeds with Heart of the City Festival, October 28 – November 8, 2020. 

In the Harvest Lens Series, PTC’s Davey Calderon collaborates with local artists in a series of short videos featuring DTES Neighbourhood House’s Urban Farm. Artists find the poetry in ideas of food security, community, advocacy, growth, and the celebration of bounty that brings us together from all over the world. These ideas are ripe and ready for harvest.

Also, we relaunch the podcast Roots & Seeds, inspired by last year’s Heart of the City event. After following a group of Chinese seniors through a season of planting, tending, and harvesting their community garden, PTC created an audio podcast from the interviews and found sounds. Created by playwright Veronique West, Dramaturgical Intern Kathy Feng & PTC dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty with the Chinese Senior Gardeners – a Carnegie Seniors Program led by Doris Chow –  and the DTES Neighbourhood House Seniors program led by Simin Sun.

The podcast is available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Both Harvest Lens Series and Roots & Seeds will be available HERE from October 28 to November 8, 2020.



Davey Samuel Calderon (he/him/his)- is a queer Filipino-Canadian, American-born, theatre artist based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people: Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective, a theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and create new interdisciplinary works together. He is a director, curator, producer, dramaturg, drag artist and theatre maker. His drag persona, Ate Dean Aiden Vanité (pronounced: Vaneetay) Ethan Yo-Yo Kaldereta the First, but gurrrrrl you can call her Ate Dee-Dee for short, the: “Darling of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe” (well no one called her that, it was a self appointed title..), was born out of the acclaimed show: Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night!  Since her debut, this big, brown, and beautiful Filipinx qween has been busy click-clacking her heels around Vancouver to MC gigs, leading children’s drag workshops, and overall, serving face on the digital stage. Follow Ate Dee-Dee on Instagram @atedeedee (seriously she needs those followers)!

Bill Beauregarde is from Edmonton, Alberta and has been a practicing theatre artist and technician since his youth. His technical skills include set design, mask making in multiple forms, marionettes construction, First Nations drum making, woodcarving skills and instruction in clown, stilt walking and masks. He was based in Alberta, working with Green Fools Theatre on many productions including Dancing on Water and ISIS. He also worked as a set designer/technical director for the show Famous Puppet Death Scenes with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop. He did the technical and set design for numerous companies including the Alberta Ballet, Alberta Lyric Theatre’s flagship production Love According to John at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and many others such as Edmonton Opera, Loose Moose Theatre Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Stage West Theatre, and Ghost River Theatre. He moved to Vancouver in 2011 and since then has worked with Heart of the City Festival. Bill also worked with Theatre Terrific as co-director, set designer and puppet construction for the show, Hidden Stories, along with applying his talent as Coordinator of cultural and community programs for the Aboriginal Front Door Society in Vancouver.

Taran Kootenhayoo (he/him) is a Denesułįné and Stoney Nakoda multi-disciplinary storyteller from Treaty 6 territory, AB. He currently pays rent in Vancouver on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Erin Scarr (she/they) has been living on the land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ and Skwxwú7mesh for almost her entire life. Erin grew up in East Van and she sees how much her creativity, weirdness and spontaneity is tied so much to her community. Erin is an amateur videographer, painter and wheatpaster, who is currently trying to make found art. She loves to get her hands in the dirt at the DTES Neighbourhood House Urban Farm. There is nothing better than veggies straight from the garden, put into the oven and shared with friends. Erin wishes to see a future where there are gardens and communal spaces on every corner of the city, where we can all share and create together.


Veronique West is a settler of Polish descent, living on the unceded, occupied, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Their practice spans performance creation, dramaturgy, and education, as well as mental health peer support and advocacy. They have worked with Rumble Theatre, the Queer Arts Festival, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Rice & Beans Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Gallery Gachet, The Cultch, the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Theatre Conspiracy, Neworld Theatre, the Magnetic North Festival, and the South Asian Arts Society, among others. Veronique is a PTC Associate (2017-20) and a part of NeuroTales: A Neurodivergent and Mad Writer’s Group and Subjects of History Collective (with Laura June Albert, mia susan amir, and Alexa Mardon). Their plays include: Intrusion (winner of Tarragon Theatre’s 20/20 Playwriting Competition), Marrow (Resounding Scream Theatre/Alley Theatre) and Szepty/Whispers (in development with PTC). They hold a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC. veroniquewest.com

Kathy Feng is a Visual Art student currently studying at SFU. Born in Guangzhou, China, her family immigrated to Vancouver when she was four years old. She spent her formative years between cultures; learning, unlearning and relearning aspects of both Chinese and North American culture as a child of the diaspora. Her practice involves navigating the complex spheres of identity, dealing with cultural loss and translating memory into physicality. You might find her working as a part-time barista on the weekends, or listening to sad songs at thrift stores – perhaps the perfect art school stereotype.

Kathleen Flaherty is PTC’s Dramaturg Emeritus/Project Dramaturg. She collaborates with theatre makers to dig into the deep structure and essential story or idea, the soul, of a work, building outward with concrete details and images to manifest a piece of theatre live in space with the capacity to engage an audience. She is a former producer of radio drama and Ideas documentaries for CBC Radio. She has the privilege of being a working-class woman from small prairie towns who has achieved an MFA in Directing and collaborated to make theatre across Canada for forty years – from the ‘happenings’ and collective creations of the early ’70s through American realism to post-modernism and the post-dramatic. She has lived on unceded Coast Salish territory for the past twenty years.


PTC acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.