Hiro Kanagawa is a Vancouver-based actor and writer. He was born in Sapporo, Japan and raised in Canada and the United States. A lifelong devotee of the arts, he trained in classical guitar, literature and sculpture before receiving an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University in 1994. Since then, Hiro has forged a wide-ranging career in stage, film, television, and animation. His stage writing credits include collaborations with innovative Vancouver companies such as boca del lupo theatre, Rumble Productions, and Theatre Replacement.
His first full-length play, Slants, placed third in the 1997 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition and received a public reading at East West Players, Los Angeles. His next play Tiger of Malaya premiered in 2003 in a co-production between Factory Theatre, Toronto, and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and was subsequently produced by the Gateway Theatre, Richmond. His latest play The Patron Saint of Stanley Park premiered this past winter at the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and was a Christmas hit. Nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award for Best Original Script, Patron Saint will return to the Arts Club for Christmas 2011.
In film and television, Hiro was a story editor on the acclaimed CBC dramas Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, and Intelligence and currently works for the gritty rez drama Blackstone.
As an actor, Hiro’s distinctions include a Jessie Richardson Award for his performance in John Juliani’s production of A View from the Bridge, a Betty Mitchell Nomination for Alberta Theatre Projects production of The Plum Tree, a Leo Award Nomination for the short film Hiro and the lead role in the 2007 premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda’s After the War at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco.
Last fall he appeared in the landmark Electric Company/Arts Club production of Tear the Curtain! at the Stanley as well as the Rumble/Pi Theatre production of Haruki Murakami’s after the quake at the Cultch. On film, his many credits range from mainstream Hollywood hits to roles in experimental and avant-garde projects with acclaimed Canadian directors such as Stan Douglas and Mike Hoolboom.
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