in Development: comfort

  • Toronto Arts Council Theatre Project Multi-Year Grant 2014-2016 and Ontario Arts Council Theatre Project Development Grant 2015

in Development: Monkey Queen, Journey to the East

  • Ontario Arts Council Theatre Project Development Grant 2013

History of Red Snow

  • Public reading at the “Forgotten Voices, Living History: International Conference on WWII History in Asia” at the University of Toronto’s OISE (October 2010)
  • Theatre project developments supported by the Ontario Arts Council with a public reading at anitAfrika dub theatre (December 2008), dramaturged by Ric Knowles, Thank you to Dong-Shin Chang, and at Theatre Centre, directed by Beatriz Pizano (August 2010)
  • Theatre project development supported by the Toronto Arts Council, directed by Ulla Laidlaw (June 2010)
  • Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve program through Aluna Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts (2010)
  • Diana Tso participated in the 2009 Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour for Canadian educators organized by Toronto ALPHA (a non-profit organization whose mandate is to foster education in global justice through the learning of WWII History of Asia).  (July 2009)
  • Diana Tso was in fu-GEN Theatre’s Kitchen Five Playwrights Unit (2008) culminating with an excerpt of her play showcased at the 5th Annual Potluck Festival at Factory Theatre (June 2008), dramaturged by Ric Knowles
  • Diana Tso visited Nanjing, China for the first time. She interviewed Nanjing Holocaust survivors: Ms. Xia Shiuquin and Mr. Chang Zhiqiang (January 2008)

Thank you to Flora Chong, Professor Yang Xiaming and Rev. Tso Man-King

  • In 2007 and 2009, Diana produced poetry and music concerts commemorating the Nanjing Holocaust and the survivors and victims of all our histories’ holocausts

Thank you to the musicians and poets: Amir Amiri, Geneviève Cholette, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Daughters of the Rock, Hailey Gillis, Chad Irshick, Mark Korven, Lee Pui-Ming, Machari, Stephanie Martin, George Meanwell, Faduma Nkrumah, Cathy Nosaty, Duke Redbird, Sheng Xue, Yaya Yao, d’bi young

  • The play received a half day workshop and public reading at the SummerWorks Theatre Festival Reading Series (August 2007), directed by Nina Lee Aquino
  • Diana Tso was a playwright in Theatre Columbus’ Writers at Play series (2006); a monologue from her play was showcased at Theatre Columbus’ Mayhem Festival (May 2007)
  • Diana Tso received a playwriting grant supported by the Toronto Arts Council (2005)
  • Diana Tso was one of the twelve playwrights in a Playwrights’ Retreat facilitated by awarding winning Canadian playwright, Jason Sherman (August 2004)
  • In 1997 Diana Tso saw Nancy Tong’s documentary In the Name of the Emperor and met Iris Chang in Toronto during Iris’s justice campaign and book launch of The Rape of Nanking; this was the beginning of Diana’s research into this forgotten holocaust and other silenced histories of World War II

Thank you to the actors involved in the development of the play: Karen Ancheta, Christine Brubaker, Marjorie Campbell, Ella Chan, Henry Chan, Sandy Chen, Aura Carcueva, Catherine Hernandez, Stephanie Jung, Andrea Kwan, Derek Kwan, William Lee, Andrea James Lui, Jennifer Liu, Jane Luk, Dawn Obokata, Hiromi Okuyama, Rick Roberts, Martha Ross, Richard Tse, Elyne Quan, David Yee, Jeff Yung

Thank you to the musicians involved in the development of the play: Patty Chan, Michelle Colton, Jonathan Bernard, Cathy Nosaty, Lan Tung

Thank you to Aluna Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Theatre Centre for their support of Red Snow