The Toronto Fierce Femme Organizers II

IMG_7205Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour and single mom. Her first play, Singkil, produced by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in associa­tion with Factory Theatre, garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore nominations including Outstanding New Play, Independent Division. Her writing credits include: Future Folk (written with the Sulong Theatre Collective and produced by Theatre Passe Muraille), Eating with Lola (Sulong Theatre and Next Stage Festival, first developed by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre), and Kilt Pins (produced by Sulong Theatre in association with Kapisanan Centre for Philippine Arts and Culture). She has served as a Playwright in Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille (where she also has served as Associate Producer) and Carlos Bulosan Theatre. On September 21 2012, Catherine immersed herself in a lifeboat filled with filthy water for 24 hours without access to food. The event, named Operation Lifeboat, raised money and awareness for the UN-Natural recurring disasters in the Philippines. It involved more than 45 artists worldwide and resulted in more than 1100 viewers. She is currently the Playwright in Residence at b current Theatre to develop The Femme Playlist and I Cannot Lie to the Stars that Made Me (both directed by Gein Wong).

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Anna Camilleri_bio pic 3Anna Camilleri has been cultivating a multi-disciplinary arts practice since 1995, incorporating public art, creative writing and performance, research, and collaborative and community engaged practices. As lead visual artist and artistic director, Anna has led 10 large-scale community engaged public artwork mosaic projects in downtown Toronto, and she has delivered 300+ one-off performance engagements, readings, and talks at universities and festivals in Canada, the US, and Europe. Her writing has been described as “potent, fresh, and imbued with powerful imagery” (Quill and Quire); “brave and necessary” (Books in Canada); “provocative and evocative” (Xtra); “genuine and unflinching,” and as “speaking eloquently of the need for civil rights for all of us” (Lambda Book Report). Her books are included in the University of Toronto’s Fisher Rare Books Library Queer Canadian Literature Collection, and she has been recognized with awards and distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, the Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress. Anna is also founding Artistic Co-Director of Red Dress Productions with Tristan R. Whiston.

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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