March 08, 2021
Carmen Aguirre is a Chilean-Canadian, award-winning theatre artist and author who has written and co-written over twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works, The Refugee Hotel, The Trigger, Blue Box, Broken Tailbone, and Anywhere But Here, as well as the #1 international bestseller Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter—winner of CBC Canada Reads 2012— and Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. She is currently writing an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, commissioned by Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory Theatre, and Fire Never Dies: The Tina Modotti Project for Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre. Her digital piece for Ontario’s Stratford Festival entitled Floating Life will premiere in spring 2021. Reframed, an outdoor performance piece about online discourse, conceived and co-created with The Electric Company, premiered in October 2021, commissioned by Ottawa’s National Arts Centre for its Grand Acts of Theatre initiative.
Carmen is a Core Artist at Electric Company Theatre, a co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC), and has over eighty film, TV, and stage acting credits, including her award-winning lead role in the Canadian premiere of Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Motherfucker with the Hat, and her Leo-nominated lead performance in the independent feature film Bella Ciao!. She looks forward to starring in Cecilia Araneda’s debut feature film, Intersection, and in the Canadian premiere of Melinda Lopez’s one-woman show Mala, at Arts Club Theatre. Carmen is a 2020 Siminovitch Prize finalist, the most prestigious theatre award in Canada and a graduate of Studio 58.