Jackson Wai Chung Tse 謝瑋聰 (he/she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator from Hong Kong, creating work in dance, poetry, theatre, voice, film, prose, music, and the healing arts. As a queer, non-binary, 1.5 generation immigrant-settler, Jackson’s intersectionality is reflected in their creative work, which explores intentional community building in polarizing times, reverence for the land, challenging the mainstream dominant paradigm, queer identities coexisting with cultural values, and Chinese diaspora in the West.
Jackson has created and performed for various national and international stages including the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Vancouver), Queer Arts Festival (Vancouver), Intrepid Theatre (Victoria), The Calgary Stampede (Calgary), The Coming Out Monologues (Calgary), Blue Canoe Productions (Kingston, Ontario), Lazare Dance Company (Tbilisi, Georgia), and Le Moule Dance Company (Guadeloupe, France).
Jackson is a graduate of Queen’s University, the National University of Singapore, and The University of the State of New York. Jackson is also a MEC Outdoor Nation Ambassador, and works with the brand to express their radically loving relationship with the land through a variety of media.
Jackson identifies as a person of colour to refugee parents, grew up in a low-income, suburban, and conservative home, and had a deeply religious upbringing. As a trauma survivor, they know the importance of giving people the power of choice. They try not to make any assumptions, and they take care to be completely present with the folks they are engaged with. Their facilitation experience comes from their roles at organizations across Canada and the globe, including Next Up, Power of Hope, the North Shore Multicultural Society, Camp fYrefly, Shad Valley International, Tim Horton’s Children’s Ranch, the Quantum Learning Network, the Centre for International Pedagogical Studies in France, the Ministry of Science and Education in Georgia, The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, and numerous post-secondary institutions.
Jackson’s soul gets replenished from sharing food in conscious communities, spending time in nature, and expressing their creativity. In 2019, they are a participant in Playwright Theatre Centre‘s Block A program, developing a new collective verbatim theatre piece with immigrant, refugee, and international students for Green Thumb Theatre, walking as a model in Vancouver Fashion Week, premiering at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and stepping into the position of BC Coordinator for the national Next Up Leadership Network. Connect with Jackson on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook @sonofjacky or by emailing email@example.com.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Jackson started playing the piano when they were 7 years old and graduated with an advanced certificate at level 9 with the Royal Conservatory of Music. They have professional training in dance, singing, and theatre, and have worked as a writer and photographer—traveling to 35 countries around the globe. In addition to modelling, they have also worked as a living statue for the Calgary Stampede, and have performed their autobiographical one-person show to audiences across Western Canada.
Jackson is fluent in Cantonese and an immigrant, holding dual passports for both Canada and Hong Kong. They have also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, a Masters Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the University of the State of New York, and an Advanced Scuba Diver’s Certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
Since moving to the West Coast in late 2017, Jackson has been immersed in film, both in front of and behind the camera. In July 2018, they graduated from the 12-week Frames Film Program, which involved weekly lessons, industry guest speakers, and technical filmmaking skills education from Emily Carr University and Capilano University instructor Ryan Atimoyoo. They also premiered their first film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August 2018 as part of an intergenerational film project named Troublemakers 3.0, a collaboration between Love Intersections, Reel Youth, and Out on Screen.
In the realm of writing, most of Jackson’s work has been poetry and creative non-fiction. They have written for multiple blogs, including the official blog of Teach and Learn with Georgia, various travel blogs, and the award winning for-youth-by-youth Grip Magazine, a partnership between Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB) and Venture Publishing.
In 2018, Jackson has been exploring vocal improv with Laurel Murphy, body percussion with Damarise St. Marie, clowning with Txi Whizz and Lisa Voth, and All Bodies Dance. They portrayed the queer character Jack in a reading of the new play, We Rise Up in Hot Air by UBC student Zack Currie, in the IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival. They were also an artist-in-residence at the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival in June 2018. With a group of other queer folks, Jackson explored issues of identity, racism, colonization, community, and gender using contact dance, theatre, and new media in a performance called Proximity Remix, produced by MachineNoisy Dance Society.
Jackson is honoured to be a MEC Outdoor Nation Ambassador, and specifically works to reduce barriers for queer people of colour to access the outdoors. They are also the owner of Benevolent Bodywork, providing queer and trans friendly Reiki and massage in a holistic health environment. Finally, Jackson enjoys facilitating and consulting for social change causes, and their experience comes from their roles at organizations across Canada and the globe, including Next Up, Power of Hope, the North Shore Multicultural Society, Camp fYrefly, Shad Valley International, Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation, the Quantum Learning Network, the Centre for International Pedagogical Studies in France, the Ministry of Science and Education in Georgia, The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, and numerous post-secondary institutions.
Jackson is concluding their 2018 season with three performances: LGBTQ2+ Poetry at the InterUrban Gallery, put on by In Visible Colours and The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts (DECA); Hir: A Trans, Non-Binary and Two Spirit Cabaret at The Junction in Davie Village, put on by Pi Theatre; and HOMO: A Queer Cabaret Show at Metro Studio Theatre, put on by Intrepid Theatre.
For the 2019 season, Jackson is looking forward participating in the Block A program with Playwrights Theatre Centre, under the mentorship of accomplished playwright David Geary.