Actor, playwright, and author Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based Chilean-Canadian artist with over eighty film, television, and stage acting credits. While still a student at Studio 58, she wrote her first play, “In a Land Called I Don’t Remember”, which was published l in 2019 by Talonbooks. Since then, she has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Refugee Hotel, The Trigger, Blue Box, and adaptations for the stage of Eduardo Galeano’s, Jorge Amado’s, and Julio Cortazar’s work.
Founder of The Latino Theatre Group, co-founder of The Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC), and a Core Artist at Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre, Carmen constantly facilitates Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for refugee groups, indigenous communities, and youth groups. In her writing, she often explores exile, loss, alienation, and isolation themes.
Her first book, “Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter”, was published in 2011 in North America, the United Kingdom, Holland, and Finland. The book won the CBC Canada Reads in 2012 and was nominated for national and international awards. Her second memoir, “Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution”, was published in 2016. It became a Globe and Mail bestseller a week after publication and was named a best book of 2016 by The National Post and CBC.
Join us for our fourth online 10-minute documentary Premiere featuring multiple award-winning Carmen Aguirre’s immigration journey and life as an artist in Canada.
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