Hiro Kanagawa as Clive Diaz
Hiro was born in Sapporo, Japan, and raised in Canada and the US. Now based in Vancouver BC, he has appeared in over one hundred film, TV, and multi-disciplinary productions, and has established himself as one of the Vancouver industry’s top character actors. With extensive training in music, visual arts, and theatre, Hiro is also a highly regarded teacher, writer, and artistic collaborator. Currenlty, Hiro provides voices for the anime series First Gundam, and for Sagwa, the new PBS animation series created by Amy Tan. Notable live action credits include recurring roles on Smallville, These Arms of Mine, and Cold Squad, and co-starring roles on First Wave, Viper, Outer Limits, and The X-Files.

On the big screen, Hiro appears in Linda Omaha’s feature-length documentary, Obaachan’s Garden, now on video. Hiro has a supporting lead in Bruce Spangler’s acclaimed independent feature Protection, which gripped film festival audiences around the world, as well as appearing in in the international hit Best in Show.

Hiro worked on three consecutive See Seven shows this spring, including appearing in Western Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Fugitives, written by Gao Xingjiang, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for literature, and inspired by the events at Tianemen Square. He also collaborated on boca del lupo’s Hold Your Head Tight, pleased to be working as a key writer on this latest show. Hiro also appears in Rumble’s producton of Marie Clements’ Burning Vision, which is a poetic and irreverent exploration of the high arctic, the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and the 19th century Dene prophecy that links the two. Hiro is a writer for Rumble’s new Vobis playwriting program, which workshops his play Tiger of Malaya, based on the Manila war crimes trial of Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Other notable roles include Robert in Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, a popular success at the 2001 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and the hard-boiled reporter in Rumble Theatre’s War of the Worlds, a role for which Hiro received his second Jessie Richardson Award nomination. In 1998, he received a Jessie for his portrayal of the immigrant Marco, in an all-Asian production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. Among Hiro’s other distinctions are an MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Simon Fraser University, and a Third Place finish in the 1997 Herman Voden National Playwriting Competition, for his first full-length play, Slants.

Hiro is also gigging around town with his band Rare Earth.

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