Meet Vancouver actor, playwright, director, dramaturg and current Artistic Director for Richmond's Gateway Theatre, Jovanni Sy.
Meet Vancouver actor, playwright, director, dramaturg and current Artistic Director for Richmond's Gateway Theatre, Jovanni Sy.

Meet Vancouver actor, playwright, director, dramaturg and current Artistic Director for Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, Jovanni Sy.

Meet Jovanni Sy

Jovanni Sy is currently the Artistic Director of Richmond’s Gateway Theatre. He was born in Manila and raised in Toronto where he was based professionally for twenty years as an actor, playwright, director, and dramaturg.  For six seasons, he was the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects in Toronto and has performed with theatre companies across Canada.  In 2010, Jovanni was the Playwright-in-Residence at the Shaw Festival and in July 2010 he wrote and performed A Taste of Empire, which was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play.  Jovanni makes Richmond home with his wife, playwright and actor Leanna Brodie.

20 Questions with Jovanni Sy

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Your first job.

A summer job as a computer programmer.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The job you always wanted as a child.

I grew up in a Chinese family so I was on the doctor track for a while.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Your pet peeve.

Entitled people.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] Your hero.

My wife.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] Your biggest indulgence.

Eating at nice restaurants.

[dropcap]6[/dropcap] One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).

When I was 18, I was on two game shows and won a car on each.

[dropcap]7[/dropcap] Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My wife.  After that, the other two don’t matter.

[dropcap]8[/dropcap] The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Curious.

[dropcap]9[/dropcap] If you were not an actor/dancer what would you be doing right now?

Running a theatre company.

[dropcap]10[/dropcap] Hero or villain?

How about sidekick?

[dropcap]11[/dropcap] Your life’s motto/mantra.

Learn something new.

[dropcap]12[/dropcap] Your favourite playwright or author.

Leanna Brodie.

[dropcap]13[/dropcap] The last book you read.

The play adaptation of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

[dropcap]14[/dropcap] If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?

Steel cut oats.

[dropcap]15[/dropcap] What will it say on your grave marker?

This’ll be you one day.

[dropcap]16[/dropcap] Who would you most like to have dinner with?

My wife.

[dropcap]17[/dropcap] Your idea of happiness.

Selling out a run.

[dropcap]18[/dropcap] If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

Go to theatre school.

[dropcap]19[/dropcap] The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

That I got this far without going to theatre school.

[dropcap]20[/dropcap] To be or not to be?

To be.