Catherine 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 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.