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Elaine Ávila

Elaine Ávila’s plays are produced in Central America (National Theatre of Panamá, Teatro Lagartija); throughout Canada, (Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation, Theatre SKAM); New York City (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Hybrid Theatre Works, Occupy the Empty Space); the US (Trickock Theatre of Albuquerque, Theatre Simple of Seattle); London, England (Tracey Neuls, Nordic Nomad), and now, Lisbon, Portugal (Jardim de Inverno do Teatro São Luiz). Recent plays: Jane Austen, Action Figure, Quality: the Shoe Play, La Frontera/The Border. Selected awards: Victoria Critic’s Circle for Best New Play, Best Production/ Audience Favorite—Festival de Cocos, DISQUIET International Short Play Award, Canada Council (numerous). She has taught in universities from British Columbia to Tasmania, China to Panamá.

Publications: NoPassport Press (Jane Austen Action Figure and other Plays, 2012, in 24 Gun Control Plays edited by Caridad Svich and Zac Kline), Canadian Theatre Review, American Theater, HowlRound, Café Onda, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Lusitania. She is the former Endowed Chair and Head of the MFA Program in Dramatic Writing at the University of New Mexico, founder of the LEAP Playwriting Program at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theater, and currently a Playwrights Theatre Centre Associate in Vancouver, and the Playwright in Residence at Pomona College in Los Angeles. She was recently distinguished as a Notáveis dos Açores (Notable Descendant) for her theatre work by the Government of the Azores, Portugal.

A Conversation with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins
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A Conversation with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins

23 June 2017

Elaine Avila talks with Saudade Theatre Artistic Directors Filipe Valle Costa and Diogo Martins about their work. 

Address to LEAP Playwriting Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre November 14, 2016
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Address to LEAP Playwriting Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre November 14, 2016

11 February 2017

Elaine Ávila's address to the LEAP Playwriting Program at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre on November 14, 2016.

#LTCseattle
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#LTCseattle

Flooring It with Espírito

14 May 2016

Elaine Ávila writes about her experience at the Latinx Theatre Commons convening in Seattle, WA.

Chasing Kitimat
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Chasing Kitimat

Going Backwards to Move Forward

21 April 2016

Playwright Elaine Ávila shares her process and inspiration for writing her play Kitimat, which is based on a true story about the Kitimat community. 

The Luso Bat Signal
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The Luso Bat Signal

An Interview with Elusive Portuguese Playwright Elaine Avila

6 March 2016

Chris Casquilho interviews playwright Elaine Avila about her background, career, and theatre family.

The Tíaland
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The Tíaland

3 December 2014

Playwright Elaine Ávila illuminates her eye-opening trip to Portugal—wittingly nicknamed Tíaland—as the winner of the DISQUIET International Short Play Competition. There, she is met with historical narratives of overcoming socialized barriers. 

Learning to be Lusitanian Latina
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Learning to be Lusitanian Latina

26 September 2013

Elaine Ávila explains why she does not define herself as Latina, but takes accepts that designation with the highest honors.

A large group of people with a sign that reads "Occupy Everything" behind them.
Occupying My Plays
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Occupying My Plays

28 August 2013

Elaina Avila, inspired by the Occupy Movement, decided to write plays for the 99%. Here's what happened.

On Dreaming Early, Beach Dramaturgy, and an Old Stinky Mop
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On Dreaming Early, Beach Dramaturgy, and an Old Stinky Mop

An Interview with Heidi Taylor

26 June 2013

Elaine Avila interviews Vancouver-based dramaturg and director Heidi Taylor.

From "Espresso" to the "Human Library"
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From "Espresso" to the "Human Library"

23 June 2013

Elaine Avila offers an overview of the theatre scene in Vancouver.

Invitation
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Invitation

Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich and their Collaborators

21 March 2013
Vancouver City Series
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Vancouver City Series

An overview of the Vancouver theatre scene.