After moving from my native Japan to Vancouver in 2013, I immediately felt the welcome and inclusivity that so many immigrants feel upon moving Canada. With a background in the marketing of film and entertainment spanning Europe and most of Asia I have experienced and promoted inclusivity my entire working career. I was glad that our idea of beginning a theatre company here has been accepted and supported by so many wonderful artists and audience we have encountered. I have had a life-long love of the theatre, since seeing my first performance of the Gekidan Shiki production of Hans Christian Andersen in Osaka.
I sincerely hope that Tomo Suru can add something of value to the Vancouver Theatre scene and offer emerging and professional performers and audiences a positive and sophisticated experience. I am grateful for the dedication provided by our artistic director and his dedication to making Tomo Suru a place welcoming everyone.
Tomo Suru means ‘accompany’. While by itself Tomo means ‘friend’. My hope is that we accompany each other on our theatrical journey and share our friendship in Vancouver’s theatre scene.