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About Me

Shizuka is a freelance theatre artist based in Vancouver known mainly for her work as a set designer and puppeteer. She also has experience in mask making, puppet making, props, painting, illustrations, costume design, and some stage/film acting. She has worked with many established theatre companies including Neworld Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, Carousel Theatre, Electric Company, Rumble Theatre, Axis Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Alley Theatre, Solo Collective and others.


Last year she was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award for her set and props design in Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel Theatre for Young People) and in 2015 received a Jessie award for Outstanding Concept and Execution of Hamelin: A New Fable (Axis Theatre). She has extensive theatre training in Japan at Nihon University and more recently at Studio 58 where she received the Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship during her graduating term.

Fun Facts

  • Shiz recently discovered her Kai family emblem which is two wings crossing each other inside a circle. It means she comes from a bloodline of samurai warriors.
  • Shiz’s father has been a cinematographer/cameraman his whole life, filming mostly wildlife. He is currently trying to prove that the extinct wolf in Japan are still alive.
  • Shiz is currently trying to learn the ukulele and accordion, she is an aquarium hobbyist, has a Boston Terrier named Jackson, wants to star in a Newsies musical as a newsboy, and is really into the new tv series West World.


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