The Toronto International Festival of Authors and Playwrights Guild of Canada invite you to celebrate the Toronto Lit Up release of QUEER/Play, An Anthology of Queer Women’s Performance and Plays; Unholy, a new play that looks at contemporary women in organized religions; and City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists.
Featured writers at this event are Carolyn Taylor, performer and writer on Baroness Von Sketch; Evalyn Parry, Artistic Director at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Diane Flacks, writer of Unholy; and Jenna Harris, editor of City Voices.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto International Festival of Authors, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Diane Flacks is a writer/actor. Most recently she wrote and starred in Unholy, her critically acclaimed play about women and religion for Nightwood Theatre, which was nominated for a Dora for outstanding new play. Other plays include Bear With me, Random Acts, Myth Me, Waiting Room, By a Thread, SIBS and Care with Richard Greenblatt, Gravity Calling and Theory of Relatives. Diane writes for TV (including Global/NBC’s Working the Engels, Working Moms (CBC), Baroness Von Sketch Show, Young Drunk Punk, Good Behaviour, PR, The Broad Side, Behind the Scenes, Listen Missy, and Kids in the Hall, for which she was nominated for an Emmy). She has been a long time national parenting columnist for CBC radio, and has been a contributor to DNTO and Tapestry. She was a feature columnist for the Toronto Star among others. She played the lead in the independent film Portrait of A Serial Monogamist, and in Body Politic, for which she was nominated for a Dora.
Jenna Harris is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts theatre conservatory program in New York City. She is an actor, writer/creator, arts educator and dancer, and the Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre. Jenna’s play Mine had its premiere at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto. Jenna has been part of Studio 180 Theatre’s inaugural IN DEVELOPMENT program, the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, Thousand Islands Playwright’s Unit, as well as Playwright in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Evalyn Parry is an award-winning theatre creator and songwriter, director, writer, and performer whose work is inspired by intersections of social activism, history and auto/biography. Recent works include the acclaimed Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools, multi-Dora-nominated Gertrude and Alice (Independent Aunties), and her widely travelled show SPIN. She is the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.
Co-creator and showrunner of Baroness von Sketch Show, Carolyn Taylor is an award-winning writer, artist, actor, and comedian. She honed her skills in political and social satire at The Second City in Toronto, writing and starring in five original revues. Taylor is the recipient of five Canadian Screen Awards for Best Show, Best Writing and Best Performance for Baroness von Sketch Show (2016 and 2017). Taylor has written sketch, political commentary and episodic for Canada’s major networks including senior writer for CBC’s The Hour and contributing writer on CBC Radio’s This Is That and Gavin Crawford’s Because News. Taylor is a member of the experimental art sound quartet Mintz, with whom she has enjoyed residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts and Gibraltar Point.