Catherine Hernandez

Ontario Arts Council Playwright-In-Residence


Catherine HernandezCatherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, twice-published playwright, performer and children’s book author. Her one-woman show, The Femme Playlist, premiered at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Oct 2014 as part of the afterRock Play Series co-produced by b current, Eventual Ashes and Sulong Theatre. Her other plays include Singkil, (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in associa­tion with Factory Theatre), Eating with Lola (Sulong Theatre and Next Stage Festival, first developed by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre) and Kilt Pins (Sulong Theatre) and Future Folk (collectively written by the Sulong Theatre Collective, produced by Theatre Passe Muraille). She has served playwright residencies at Theatre Passe Muraille, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Shaw Festival Theatre and Blyth Festival 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 unnatural recurring disasters in the Philippines. It involved more than 45 artists worldwide who performed each hour of the event and resulted in over 30 hours of watched video footage and more than 1100 viewers worldwide. Her children’s book, M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book, has been published by Flamingo Rampant Press and is most definitely part of her gay agenda. Catherine and Nightswimming Theatre thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support of her residency for Nightswimming’s 15/16 season.

 

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