Student Associates

Each year, Rumble Theatre welcomes students from local post-secondary theatre training programs to the company as Student Associates. Formerly known as the “Student Ambassadors”, this program is an exciting opportunity for Rumble and the Student Associates to work together and to learn from each other. The Associates, being senior-year students at one of Vancouver’s theatre training institutions, are uniquely positioned to help us connect with the rising generation of theatre makers. In return Rumble offers mentorship and professional development opportunities to the Associates in the year leading up to their graduations. We work with each Associate to devise a plan for their year-long involvement with Rumble that is based on their interests and our current programming.

For 2018-19 our Student Associates are Howard Dai (SFU) and Kelsey Kanatan Wavey (Studio 58). Welcome Howard and Kelsey!


Howard Dai.

Howard Dai
Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts

Howard Dai is Taiwanese-Canadian who is privileged to work and learn as a settler on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory belonging to the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Skxwú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) Nation. He is currently studying theatre in SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. When not performing, you can find him giving unsolicited tour of New West to his friends and as one half of the production duo, Two Gents of New West (




Kelsey Kanatan Wavey.

Kelsey Kanatan Wavey
Studio 58 at Langara College

Kelsey Kanatan Wavey is from Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Split Lake, and was raised on Treaty 1 territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Recent work includes Mortified (Studio 58), Council of Spider, Ant and Fly (Savage Society), The P*rn Project (Studio 58 and Neworld Theatre), and Institutionalized written by Kelsey, which was selected to be produced as part of Studio 58’s Fourplay: New Work by Excited Writers. Kelsey wishes to continue to pursue acting, as well as playwriting and directing after her education at Studio 58. Most importantly, Kelsey believes her artistic practice should be used to decolonize and diversify the world. She would like to thank the Tataskweyak Education Authority for their support.



Past Rumble Student Ambassadors

2017-18: Olivia Lang, Shanae Sodhi

2016-17: Tai Amy Grauman, Ashley Sutton, Eddy van Wyk

2015-16: Lucy McNulty, Elizabeth Willow

2014-15: Julian Legere, Anais West

2013-14: Katrina Darychuk, Naomi Vogt