Kiana is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist born and raised in Mohkinstsis on Treaty 7 Territory (or what is for now referred to as Calgary). She was most recently seen in online productions of The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy, It’s A Wonderful Life as Mary Hatch, or in Romeo and Juliet as Coach Lauren (adapted from Friar Laurence). She previously played at Downstage Theatre’s Lighting the Way, an evening of short play readings all about climate change, as Sweetie in Christopher Duthie’s, A Dinner Party and more. She is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
Kiana has built a body of work in film and tv, assistant directed theatre, wrote and produced her first short play, Half Empty; Half Full at two different festivals in New York, and published an essay regarding Asian Actors in film and tv and performed in between it all.
She is currently engaged as a Playwright/Producer with Downstage Theatre’s Stage It Program. This project will be presented in spring 2021 at the inaugural Shake Up! festival- it will be directed by Chantelle Han and is mentored by Jenna Rodgers, Mieko Ouchi, Ellen Close, Danielle Whyte & Clare Preuss.
Kiana has a keen interest in immersive theatrical experiences, innovative governance and prioritizes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion practices in work environments. Kiana believes in and supports The 35//50 Initiative (YYC), the 3.7 Initiative (YEG). She believes in nurturing communities that are properly representative of the immediate population and in the value of our BIPOC presence in all rooms as we continue to dismantle white supremacy in our theatrical institutions. Making and holding space, sharing resources, upholding shared values and loving each other as we are upon arrival is part of what can move us forward. She works with ancestors, past and future, in mind.
Kiana is currently a member of the Inside Out Theatre staff and a board member for Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre, who are both based out of Mohkinstsis.