In Memoriam: Dr. Eury Chang

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Dr. Eury Chang. Eury, a Vancouver born theatre artist and scholar, completed his MA in Theatre Studies with us in 2013 and began his PhD candidacy shortly after. His doctoral work was passionately devoted to addressing the lack of documentation of the important contributions of Asian Canadian Playwrights to the professional theatre in this country. Eury was a member of the Public Scholars Initiative in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and was also a sessional faculty member in our department. Before academia, Eury worked as a professional writer/editor, performance dramaturge, and tour manager in the non-profit arts sector. He also served on peer juries for the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and The City and District of North Vancouver. Based on his academic achievements and his dissertation’s degree of completeness, Eury was granted his PhD on compassionate grounds on March 15, before his passing. He was a great spirit and an artist and scholar of note, and we will miss him dearly. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

In 2021 Eury was interviewed for a mini series on the impact of graduate education in Canada created by UBC’s Graduate Student Society. You can watch the video, in which Eury talks about the importance of his research on the Asian Canadian theatre performing arts community, below. Thank you to Gabriel Galand for sharing this with us.

Video by Gabriel Galand and Laura Isabel