A Conversation with Veenesh Dubois

Veenesh Dubois discusses how systemic racism has affected her career in the theatre industry.

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“There are so many people out there that have these great stories- they just need the funding. If we just turnaround and keep giving it to the same people, we’re not going to get the best stories that are out there.” – Veenesh Dubois

Veenesh Dubois is a Fijian/Indo Canadian actor, playwright and podcaster who lives and works internationally. In the past 6 years Veenesh has acted on stage, television and voice-overs in Japan, Hong Kong, Seoul (South Korea) and New York, where she’s currently working on a podcast about expat life called THE RELUCTANT EXPAT. In 2019, she appeared in Bard On The Beach’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and received the Jessie Awards’ Best Supporting Actress nomination. In 2009, Veenesh wrote and starred in the Vancouver Fringe Festival winner “Under The Mango Tree,” which she toured all over Canada and performed in Los Angeles and Japan. Veenesh is always creating and finding new ways to connect with people, wherever she hangs her hat.

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