VERA CHOK

Actor, Writer & Performance Maker

Vera grew up in Malaysia and is of Chinese descent. Starting out with Human Sciences, she emerged with a degree in Archaeology & Anthropology at Oxford, and later trained as an actor at The Poor School (London) and with Philippe Gaulier (Paris).  Vera is a multi-disciplinary writer and co-wrote award-winning The Good Immigrant (Book of the Year 2016, BBC Book of the Week, #1 on Guardian Books and Amazon bestseller). She has been published by The Guardian, Brain Mill Press, Rising, Yauatcha Life, and The Brautigan Free Press.  She gained a distinction for her MA in creative writing with a poetic piece excavating the sexual identity of an immigrant woman.

In 2015, Vera was listed as one of the UK's 15 Theatre Faces to Watch (What' s On Stage) and was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award (Best Debut Performance). On stage, she was recently performing opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench at The Garrick. Vera was in Tom Stoppard’s latest play, THE HARD PROBLEM, at The National Theatre and in CHIMERICA (Almeida & West End transfer; winner of 5 Olivier Awards and The Evening Standard Play of the Year). On screen, she's filmed for Tom Cruise, Catherine Hardwicke, Marc Foster, and Lone Sherfig.

As a maker, Vera writes and produces mischievous and subversive pieces that investigate the construction of meaning, connection, and performativity. Vera is particularly interested in race, sex and gender and uses comedy as a weapon.  Key influences include master clown, Philippe Gaulier, performance improviser, Andrew Morrish, Charles Adrian,  The Bones Theatre founder, Krystian Godlewski (Grotowski, Michael Chekhov), Bryony Kimmings and Stacy Makishi.

Between 2010 and 2013, Vera founded and ran production company saltpeter, and international creative society The Brautigan Book Club. She was also resident artist at The Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.

You can read Vera's blog HERE.