Jarunun Phantachat

"Jaa"

  • 2014 SILPATHORN AWARDEE

  • CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR  &  FOUNDER

  • PERFORMER

  • SCRIPTWRITER

  • PRODUCER

Jarunun Phantachat is an award-winning actor, playwright, director and producer. Her physical theatre training includes modern dance, Laban Effort Qualities, Butoh and Viewpoints. She has performed in numerous B-Floor productions and toured internationally with the company to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Denmark and the USA.

Jarunun's work with B-Floor has been prolific. Some of her most distinctive work includes her performances in “San Dan Ka” (2009, 2013, 2018), “Survival Games” (2013) and “The Test of Endurance” (2015). Her noteworthy plays include “The Other Land” (2009, 2012), “Demographic Survey” (2017), “Abstract of Dream” (2017) and her significant directing credits, including “Lear and His 3 Daughters” (2012), “The Test of Endurance” (2015), “Ceci N'Est Pas la Politique” (2015, 2017) and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (2019). She has produced countless B-Floor shows, as well as produced and project managed many international collaboration projects between B-Floor and Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and the USA.

 

In 2014 Jarunun received the prestigious Silpathorn Award for outstanding merit in theatre from Thailand's Ministry of Contemporary Art and Culture and was an Asian Cultural Council Fellow. In 2015 she received the award for Best Direction from the Thai Section of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC – Thailand) for “Test of Endurance.” The shows she produced in 2016 (“Fundamental”) and 2018 (“Something Missing”) won Best Ensemble Performance, Best Art Direction, and Best Movement Based Performance from IATC – Thailand. Most recently, The Bangkok Post listed "Lear and His 3 Daughters" (2012) in the top ten productions of the decade.

 

As an actor she has continuously performed with other Thai and international theatre companies, most recently in Toshiki Okada’s “Pratthana: A Portrait of Possession” (2018-2019) which toured in Thailand, Japan, France and Germany. She has also been featured in Thai and international TV and films, such as "All I See Is You" (2016) and "The Rocket" (2013). In 2016 she received the award for Best Actress in the film "Ferris Wheel" from the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia international competition and Thai Short Film & Video Festival.

 

Beyond her work with B-Floor, Jarunun is a freelance writer, a voice-over director for the online game “Blizzard's Hearthstone” Thailand, and is a co-founder of Collective Thai Scripts, a group that curates the translation and publication of contemporary Thai scripts.