Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in Regent Park. A TV adaptation of playwright-performer Ins Choi’s celebrated play, Kim’s Convenience makes its broadcast debut on CBC this year. Following the recent debut of the series on CBC, watch a brand new episode and meet the cast and creator behind this comedy as they share their experiences and thoughts on diversity in the television industry.
An unaired episode of Kim’s Convenience will be shown at this event!
Ins Choi, Director & Creator
Ins Choi is an actor and a writer who was born in South Korea, grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. He has performed with many theatre companies including the Stratford Festival, fu-GEN and Soulpepper Theatre Company. His inaugural, award-winning play Kim’s Convenience was first produced at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival where it became an instant hit. The play has been remounted season after season by Soulpepper and has won over audiences touring the country including the cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is an award-winning actor, writer and comedian. Twice nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a principal role and winner of the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actor, Paul continues to pursue excellence both onstage and onscreen. His credits include films and television such as Shoot the Messenger, Rogue, End of Days Inc, Robocop, Train 48, Warehouse 13, and Degrassi The Next Generation.
Jean Yoon as Umma
Jean Yoon is an actor and playwright based in Toronto and works regularly on both stage and screen. Recent film credits include Bruce McDonald’s The Husband, The Time Traveler’s Wife and the upcoming feature Rupture directed by Steven Shainberg. Recent television credits include Orphan Black, the acclaimed Syfy series The Expanse and Remedy. Jean originated the role of “Umma” in the original hit play, putting in over 240 performances in six cities, expanding the role to television.
Simu Liu as Jung
After graduating from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, Simu worked at a top accounting firm for nearly a year before corporate cutbacks suddenly left him without a job. Rather than jumping back into the world of accounting, he instead chose to pursue acting, something he had always had a keen interest for. In the four years since, Simu has accumulated a solid resume of roles on television including a regular role on the OMNI miniseries Blood and Water, and guest roles on shows such as Make it Pop, Nikita, Warehouse 13 and Beauty and the Beast. In addition to Kim’s Convenience, he will next be seen in a recurring role on the upcoming NBC series Taken, based on the film franchise starring Liam Neeson.
Marivel Taruc, Moderator
Marivel Taruc is an award-winning journalist and weekend anchor of CBC Toronto News and Our Toronto. In her many positions, Marivel has interviewed top newsmakers of the day, including business leaders, star athletes and federal politicians. In 2016, Our Toronto won the prestigious Trina McQueen RTNDA Award for Television News Information Programming.