Chinese Arts Now have put artists at the centre of the organisation with the creation of three new Associate Artistic Director including writer, performer and filmmaker Daniel York Loh.

Daniel is a writer, filmmaker, performer and musician. His first stage-play, The Fu Manchu Complex was produced at Ovalhouse. His second, Forgotten 遗忘, played at Arcola and Plymouth Theatre Royal in 2018. He is one of 21 writers of colour featured in the best-selling award-winning essay collection The Good Immigrant. His short films include: Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing of a Chinese Actor, Dream of Emerald Hill, Hall of Mirrors and most recently Laid which won ‘Best Science-Fiction Film’ at Cannes Shorts. Most recently, his performed work includes Invisible Harmony 无形的和 (South Bank Centre for Papergang Theatre/Chinese Arts Now), Living Newspaper Edition 1 (Royal Court), Silent Disco In The Sky (Northern Stage), every dollar is a soldier/with money you’re a dragon (Chinese Arts Now/Two Temple Place) in which he also performed and Asian Exclusion Act which he wrote and directed for MFA International students at East 15 Acting School. As an actor has appeared at the Royal Court, RSC, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, in Singapore, China, Europe and the USA, as well as in the films Rogue Trader, The Beach and Scarborough. With Jennifer Lim he is co-founder of Moongate Productions with whom he is currently co-curating the Moongate Mix Salon Sessions which includes We R Not Virus 2, the commissioning of five writers funded by Arts Council England.

His work with CAN includes performance and writing for Every Dollar is A Soldier/With Money You’re A Dragon in CAN Festival 2021

Daniel says: “I’m enormously excited and grateful to accept one of the new positions which CAN has created in what is a bold restructuring at this difficult time for the arts. I’m very much looking forward to building on what the company has achieved so far as we interrogate, broaden and celebrate what ‘Chinese’ – with all its vibrant complexity, diversity and rich history – means in today’s world, as well as continuing with the free-form combined arts and multi-media work we’ve collaborated on recently.”

Welcome Daniel!


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