Shizuka Kai

Region: Vancouver BC
Generation: Nisei
Born June 14, 1982, Vancouver


Shizuka is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on set design and puppetry. She also works as a trained puppeteer on tv/film, an illustrator/graphic designer, director, and earring maker. She is a three-time Jessie Richardson award winner with multiple nominations, the recipient of the Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship / Bill Millerd Artist Fund / Steven B Jung Award, and a proud graduate of Studio 58. This past year, Shiz worked as the Interim Co-Artistic & Managing Director at CTYP and produced a season of AudioPLAYS as well as the outdoor Teen Shakespeare show The Tempest. She has also started her own handmade earring shop:, mixing designs from Japanese and Canadian culture to create one-of-a-kind earrings.

She is currently developing her own table-top puppet show Otosan (Little Onion Puppet Co) slated for a premiere in summer of 2023; based on her real life experiences growing up with a father who worked as a wildlife cinematographer. Also under development are two other puppet shows: Monsters Like Us (with support by VACT) and Puppets in the Classroom (Neworld).

Recent puppeteer credits: Energy is Awesome Ep 1-6 (FortisBC), Lost Ollie (Netflix), Superchefs Pilot (Superchefs Entertainment), and Is It Over? (Michael Goldstein Productions).

Recent design credits: Clean/Espejos (upcoming show by Neworld), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Studio 58), Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (Arts Club), Chicken Girl (rice & beans), Straight White Men (Itsazoo/Gateway), and House at Pooh Corner (Carousel Theatre for Young People/Presentation House).

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