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Into The Light Artist Introduction


Thank you to all the artists involved in Into the Light!

Co-Creator Marina Szijarto
Co-Creator Stephanie Wong
Lighting Arrangement Vanka Chaitra Salim
Soundscape Composition Aysha Dulong & Cindy Kao
Production Manager Amanda Parafina
Cultural Consultant Yanting Qiu
Lighting Arrangement Assistant Tory Ip
Assistant Props Builder Glen Andersen
Production Assistant Mary Cantelon
Production Assistant Kimberly Ho


Venue Technician  Darren John
Venue Technician Mary Cantelon

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Marina Szijarto (they, she)

Marina Szijarto is a visual and theatre artist with a diverse arts practice. Working within the community-engaged rites and celebrations, site-specific installations, theatre & performance crafts, and shrine making. Marina worked as the Richmond Maritime Festival Art Director, created the Harvest Full Moon project an annual celebration at City Centre Community Centre, and helped organise the ‘Art about Finn Slough’ exhibition. In 2018, Marina was the recipient of the Richmond Arts Awards for Cultural Leadership. 

Stephanie Wong (she, her, hers)

Stephanie Wong is a multidisciplinary artist of Chinese-Italian heritage, working as a director, creator, dramaturg, designer, and actor in live and digital mediums. A graduate of Studio 58's Acting Program, she is now the Artistic Associate and Director of Productions at re:Naissance Opera. Highlights of her work include her short film bàba (director, writer, designer, international tour), Rivers of Grief (director, re:Naissance Opera). For Gateway Theatre, she played Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol

Vanka Chaitra Salim (she, her, hers)
Lighting Arrangement

Vanka is an Indonesian-Canadian theatre designer with a focus on set, lighting, and projections with 4-5 years of experience in the local performing arts scene. She is a graduate of the BFA Theatre Design and Production program at UBC. Vanka has worked for various theatres and public spaces including Rumble Theatre, The Cultch, Arts Club, and Presentation House Theatre. For Gateway, Vanka has worked as Assistant Set Designer for China Doll (2018) and Lighting Collaborator for Mother Tongue

Cindy Kao (she, her, hers)
Soundscape Composition

Cindy is a Taiwanese-born actor and sound artist, (Ketegalan and Siraya Nations). She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University and is excited for her debut with Gateway Theatre. Most recently, she starred in the 2021 award-winning short film A Family Act, and performed in Modulus Festival 2021, as part of violin/electronic duo Sapphire Haze with Aysha Dulong. Cindy strives to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary community to create art that is accessible to everyone.

Aysha Dulong (they, them)
Soundscape Composition

Aysha is an emerging composer, performer, and sound designer in their debut role designing at Gateway Theatre. They are a graduate of the music composition program at Simon Fraser University. Aysha has recently composed for and performed at Modulus Festival presented by Music on Main, and at Vines Art Festival as a part of violin and electronics duo Sapphire Haze with Cindy Kao. Aysha has sound-to-color synesthesia and believes that art-making is not possible without a strong sense of community.

Amanda Parafina (she, her, hers)
Production Manager

Amanda is living and working throughout the unceded and ancestral territories of the Kwantlen, Tsawwassen, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, with over eight years of experience in Theatre and Dance. Amanda holds a BFA in Theatre Design & Production from UBC and has previously worked with The Biting School, Co.ERASGA Dance, and is currently the Festival Producer for Vines Art Festival. Amanda finds joy and gratitude in her work and is committed to providing support for artists.


Yanting Qiu (she, her, hers)
Cultural Consultant

Yanting is a playwright, producer, and cultural connector, graduated from Asian Studies and Theatre Studies, UBC. Her recent works include: If`Love Story*3(2018), Present Moments (2019), Herstory (2019), Mr. Donkey 2Q20 (2020), Present Moments online version (2021). She is also the Chinese history/cultural consultant for the CW TV series Kung Fu (2021). For Gateway Theatre, Yanting is the translator of The Forbidden Phoenix (2011) and now the Cultural Consultant for Into the Light.


Tory Ip (she, her, hers)
Lighting Arrangement Assistant 

Tory is a graduate of UBC’s Theatre Production and Design Program and has had the opportunity to work with different theatre companies around the city of Vancouver. She has worked in different capacities, ranging from technical work to design work. Tory has worked for Bard on the Beach, KW Studios, TooFly Productions, Tagore Dance Society, and the Firehall Arts Centre. This will be Tory’s first artistic installation where she will be assisting the amazing Vanka Salim as her Lighting Arrangement Assistant!

Glen Andersen (he, him, his)
Assistant Props Builder

Glen is a multi-disciplinary artist focussing mostly on public sculpture and mosaics, with occasional forays into digital media installation and photography. He has worked as a props maker in theatre and designed and built sets for dance performances. He is drawn to projects that can use natural forms and materials to transport a viewer into parallel spaces that invite poetic contemplation of the essential mysteries of phenomena and life itself. Glen is delighted to be assisting on this innovative visually dynamic project.