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The Chikahan Company

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The Chikahan Company


San Francisco


The Chikahan Company (ChikaCo for short) is a new Filipinx American theatre company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. ChikaCo was founded by its three Co-Artistic Directors:  Ely Sonny Orquiza, Krystle Piamonte, and Alan S. Quismorio. They have a long standing history of relationships rooted in community theatre and all come with various degrees of experiences on and off stage. Together, they merge years of administrative and creative experiences as well as intergenerational and institutional knowledge to inaugurate a contemporary enterprise. 


Exploring Filipinx history, politics, psychology, and diaspora through the craft of theater and the performing arts, ChikaCo strives to develop the unique voices of and uplift the robust Filipinx narratives and artistries, and advocate its influence to the American theater.


To reclaim and to reveal the multifaceted experiences of the Filipinx community in the San Francisco Bay Area. To amplify the complex and dynamic narratives that have long been pushed to the margins and to actively challenge the stereotypes about our kababayan (people), our kuwento (story), and our kasaysayan (history).

What does Chikahan mean?

Chika is Filipino slang for either something that is not entirely true (gossip, rumors, etc.) or new information that friends are expecting to hear from you. Chikahan is the term for the conversation or chit-chat involving the chika.

Through our work, ChikaCo invites audiences and artists to conversations about the perceptions and issues of the Filipinx experience, to dispel what’s not entirely true and to present authenticity as a way to introduce our languages, culture, history, and stories into the mainstream.

Additional Info

Accepting script submissions? : Yes

How to submit scripts : Please email us at to submit your script for consideration.

How to audition : Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media for our casting notices!

We are able to hire from the following unions: : None at this time

Cities company performs in : San Francisco

Genre(s) : Drama theatre, News plays/development work, Readings/workshops, Other

Year founded : 2021

Venue Capacity :

Box office email :


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