J. Ching-Irvine (he/him/his) was born and raised in Kailua, Hawai’i. He is a queer, trans man, and is of Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Irish ancestry.
J. is currently a Program Assistant for PA’I Foundation, the Technology Coordinator for the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a Core Collaborator for The Blueprint, and a Legislative Aide at the Honolulu City Council. Previously he was the Associate Company Manager at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and he was the first Production Script Coordinator at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), helping to bridge the gap between literary development and stage management with a deep commitment to ED&I and Access Services. During his six seasons at OSF, he has worked directly on several world premiere productions including Roe, UNISON, Manahatta, Between Two Knees, and The Copper Children.
J. was a Year 2 Fellow for ILI, a member of the Brown Boi Project’s March 2013 cohort, and was a member of artEquity’s National Facilitator Training 2017 cohort. He was also the Festival Coordinator for the 5th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (NAATCF) in October 2016 organized by the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA).
J. aspires to start his own theatre company in Hawai’i geared toward educating youths from historically underrepresented communities about all aspects of collaborative art of theatre and fostering a passion for the arts.