WHO WE ARE
Argel Monte de Ramos
Argel Monte de Ramos is a Filipino-Canadian singer-songwriter, actor and an emerging playwright-producer from Surrey, B.C. Canada. He was recently part of Playwrights Theatre Centre's Early Career Development Program for emerging playwright-producers where he developed and honed skills in producing theatrical performances and community events. Together with Jocelyn Tsui, Argel co-created The Parallel Project; a writing and reading workshop for IBPOC writers to produce monologues for IBPOC actors to use for auditions and performances. This project recently had a workshop and readings in partnership with the City of Vancouver and The Cultch. He is currently producing workshops for playwright Joy Gong's The Strange Dream of Kane Who; a play that was initially developed through vAct's MSG Lab. Argel is currently under the BCAC's Early Career Development Grant to learn from Filipino-Canadian artists across Canada and to initiate writing his first Filipino-Canadian focused musical called Mx. Kawawa (Mx. Pitiful).
Aside from producing, Argel works as a Community Programs Assistant for Arts Umbrella, where he supports the delivery of arts-related programs to schools in the Metro Vancouver Area. These programs are fully-funded by generous sponsors to provide free arts classes to students who are experiencing oppression and marginalization. He is also an independent music artist, where he uses his original music to tell his story as a Filipino-Canadian immigrant. Argel can also be seen performing on stage, with select performance credits include Horton in Seussical! (Align Entertainment), Eddie in MAMMA MIA! (Theatre Under The Stars), and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls (Fighting Chance Productions). Argel uses the power of storytelling alongside his lived experiences to uplift the IBPOC community through his artistic work and producing experiences.
Jocelyn Tsui (she/her) is a mixed-race Chinese Canadian theatre producer and performer based on stolen Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. She is passionate about propelling the performing arts industry towards a more progressive and inclusive future, starting with youth and emerging artists. In 2020, Jocelyn co-founded The Parallel Project with Argel Monte de Ramos. She has since produced the MSG Lab with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) and currently works as a producer and arts administrator at the Arts Club Theatre Company. She holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Capilano University and will graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts at the end of the year.
Trinity (she/her) is a mixed-race, queer, music producer and artist. Trinity joined the collective as the Marketing Manager in 2022 and is honoured to work with such a powerful team. A strong advocate of equity, social justice, and feminism, Trinity is excited to document the cultivation of artists that pass through. A born performer, Trinity is also an independent artist/producer under the alias "jreme". Her extensive background in music and writing brings forth a unique perspective in the development process. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University and a current student at SAE Institute.