For one of us to make it through a hundred of us has to try
Jesse Del Fierro is a queer, non-binary, Filipinx - Canadian actor, director and theatre creator with the privilege to work in both Moh'kinstsis on Treaty 7 Territory and on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples colloquially known as Calgary AB and Vancouver BC respectively. They hold a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University, and have collaborated on works presented at PuSh International Performance Art Festival, Vancouver Fringe, SummerWorks, Audain Gallery and rEvolver Festival amongst others. Their work focuses on centring the artist and valuing process over product and consent over consensus as a radical form of decolonizing their practice – acknowledging that this is a life-long process. Acknowledging that this is a process that requires care, compassion and radical empathy on every level of community.
Intersectionality is their only reality.
They are onto their third year of facilitating the Vines Art Festival Emerging Creatives program and spent two years as the Youth Assembly Coordinator for PuSh Festival while assisting Natalie Tin Yin Gan as a guest facilitator for PuSh Youth Academy. As a recipient of BCAC's 2020 Early Career Development grant, Jesse is currently under the mentorship of Jenna Rodgers of Chromatic Theatre, and Jivesh Parasram of Rumble Theatre to further develop their skills as director, dramaturg, collaborator and overall badass artistic leader. As Jesse always says, “Honesty is the policy and so is screaming.”
After countless times of being told to "make your own work" because there wasn't space for someone like them in the existing theatre cannon, they have begun Allow me to Explain, an autobiographic blog series sharing the politics, victories and struggles of "emerging" in hopes to foster community, share resources and offer bricks to our upcoming revolution.
Jesse acknowledges their immense privilege as a settler to live and work on Treaty 7 traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3) and on the unceded traditional Coast Salish Lands of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.