Born in Japan, raised in three continents, Mayumi Yoshida is an actor, writer, director, based in Vancouver, BC.
Her father being a journalist, she had an international childhood living in Washington D.C., Brussels, and Tokyo. In Tokyo, from 2005-2009 she starred in 25 theatre productions. She moved to Vancouver in 2010 to pursue her dream to be an actor in North America. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School, acting for film and television program.
Her role as Crown Princess (The Man in The High Castle) received a 2016 UBCP/ACTRA’s Emerging Actor nomination. For detailed acting credits please click here.
As an award-winning writer/director, Mayumi has been a leading force in emerging Asian-Canadian Cinema.
She’s an alumna of Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module, Women in Focus Mentorship at Whistler Film Festival and currently the participant of the inaugural WarnerMedia x Canadian Academy Access Writers Program. She recently was also selected to be part of TIFF Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellowship and TIFF Writer’s Studio for 2022.
Her directorial debut short film “Akashi-あかし-” which she wrote and acted in as well, has won Outstanding Writer out of 4500 films at NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, Best Female Director at Vancouver Short Film Festival, Matrix Award for outstanding achievement in a short film at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and many more awards internationally.
“TOKYO LOVERS” which was guerilla shot in Kyoto and Tokyo with three crew members, has won Best Performance Award at Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and Best Short at Japan Film Festival LA. In 2019, Mayumi received the Newcomer Award at Vancouver Women in Film Festival’s Spotlight awards for her success in multiple fields.
Her first horror short "Trim" won Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor at Blood n Guts 48hr film festival.
Her latest Harold Greenberg funded short film “In Loving Memory” co-directed with Diana Bang(Karaoke Mamas) and written/starring Andrea Bang(Kim’s Convenience), is currently on its festival run.
In 2019, she received the Newcomer Award at the Spotlight Awards by Women in Film and Television Vancouver.
Her main focus is filming her first feature film version of Akashi-あかし- and developing series centred on Asian characters.
Below are the awards from her works.
Best Actor award at the East Van Showcase (Akashi-あかし-)
Best Actor at Vancouver International Youth Film Festival (Akashi-あかし-)
TELUS Storyhive 2016 Digital Shorts B.C. Grand Prize (Akashi-あかし-)
Outstanding Writer at NBC Universal Short Film Festival (Akashi-あかし-)
Best Female Director at Vancouver Short Film Festival (Akashi-あかし-)
Matrix Award for outstanding achievement at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (Akashi-あかし-)
Best Performance award at the 2018 Vancouver Asian Film Festival (Tokyo Lovers)
Best Director at Tokyo Cowboys Film festival (Tokyo Lovers)
Best Film, Best Screenplay at Blood n Guts 48hr Film Festival (Trim)
Best short at Japan Film Festival LA (Tokyo Lovers)
Mayumi is repped by Gersh, Characters Talent Agency and Atlas Literary
Mayumi is also a highly demanded Japanese Cultural Consultant and Japanese Dialect Coach.
She is currently working with Netflix, Apple TV and A24 on features and TV series.
For any inquiries please go here.
Mayumi is the Artistic Director of Gokko Creative.
A Vancouver local Arts Collective where she has produced her show as a director, actor and a playwright.