Gloria Mok


Gloria smiling at the camera, with pink flowers in front of her
Gloria Mok (Bob Nishikawa)

I’m overjoyed to be joining the Nightswimming team! I’ve admired the work of Brian and Nightswimming for many years. I’m grateful for the warmth, curiosity, and thoughtfulness that Brian, Brittany, the Board, and the search committee have exhibited during my selection and on-boarding process. Being able to care for this company and its artists is a tremendous responsibility and gift. I look forward to returning home and embarking on this new adventure. – Gloria

Gloria Mok is a playwright, producer, production manager, designer, and theatre creator, who grew up in Mississauga, ON (Treaty 13 territory). She is a settler and daughter of first-generation Chinese-Canadian immigrants from Hong Kong.

Works that explore themes of migration, transcend language barriers, and challenge traditional norms interest Gloria. Envisioning possible futures (dystopic, fantastical, hopeful) has always been central to her artistic work.

Alongside Chinese-Canadian theatre creators Aaron Jan and Bessie Cheng, Gloria founded Silk Bath Collective in 2016; focused on creating multidisciplinary plays about the Chinese diaspora. Their inaugural production, Silk Bath (2016), made history as the first trilingual play (performed in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English) at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Silk Bath’s positive reception led to remounts, workshops, and residencies across Toronto, including a sequel Yellow Rabbit (Soulpepper Theatre, 2018) and a new work in development Woking Phoenix (Theatre Passe Muraille, 2020-present).

Gloria is currently a Playwright in Residence with Driftwood Theatre and an Emerging Artist in Residence with 2b theatre in Halifax. She has worked with performing arts organizations across Canada including the Globe in Regina; Gwaandak, Nakai, and The Guild in Whitehorse; Cahoots, Director’s Lab North, fu-GEN, Kaeja d’Dance, Native Earth, Paprika, Shakespeare in the Ruff, SummerWorks, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Why Not Theatre in Toronto.

Gloria studied theatre and history at the University of Guelph, attended teacher’s college at the University of Toronto OISE, and graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production Design and Technical Arts program.