Camyar Chai is an actor, director, writer and producer, born in 1968 in Iran and raised there and in England and the United States. His family moved to North Vancouver British Columbia in 1980 when he was 11 years old. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (Acting, 1992; M.F.A., 2007), and currently lives in Vancouver.
In 1993 he founded Neworld Theatre in Vancouver, which produced the site specific collective Devil Box Cabaret (1999), based on Four Boxes by Iranian author Bahram Beyzaee; an adaptation of Crime and Punishment by James Fagan Tait; and the cult hit that propelled its own company, The Leaky Heaven Circus (1999-2002). He served as Artistic Producer at Neworld until 2007.
Camyar Chai is currently Program Manager of Community Cultural Development in the City of Richmond.