Davey Samuel Calderon

Dramaturg, Public Engagement

Davey Samuel Calderon (he/they) is PTC’s Dramaturg, Public Engagement, a stewardship of the many artists and people who come to PTC, where mutual trust is forged when melding stories into meaningful theatre for our community. His dramaturgy and artistic mandate revolves around community-centred values, collaboration, performance experimentation and artistic agency. He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University and is Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective, a theatre collective aspiring to provide economically accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works. Davey’s first written solo show, Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night!, premiered at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival (Produced by Tender Container and associate producers New(to)Town Collective and Neworld Theatre) with a reading at the 2020 Tales of the Flipside Festival (Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Toronto) and presented as part of the 2022/23 Evergreen Cultural Centre season. Currently, he’s writing a queer-Filipinx Canadian fired chicken musical, Deep Fried: A Pinoy Musical!, and adapting Big Queer into an interactive livestream, BQFKN! ONLINE.

Current dramaturgical projects are The Frontliners by Zahida Rahemtulla (2021-22 New Play Prize Winner; 2022 Vancouver Fringe Festival special workshop presentation), Before They Cut Down Our Tree by Karter Masuhara (2020 vAct’s MSG Lab), Opo by Bianca Miranda (2021 vAct’s MSG Lab), and It Lives in my Bedroom by Mily Mumford (2021-23 PTC Associate). Davey has worked with nationally recognized companies and individuals – including Neworld Theatre, Alley Theatre, Paul Wong, rice and beans theatre, and Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association.