Chantal Bilodeau, playwright & translator

Chantal Bilodeau is a New York-based playwright and translator originally from Montreal. She is the Artistic Director of The Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.49.20Arctic Cycle an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic and the founder of the blog Artists And Climate Change.

Recent awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She is the recipient of a Jerome Travel & Study Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Productions include Sila (Underground Railway Theater, 2014), Hunger (Bated Breath Theatre Company, 2011), The Motherline (New York International Fringe Festival, 2009), Pleasure & Pain (Magic Theatre; Foro La Gruta, Teatro La Capilla and Festival de Teatro Nuevo León in Mexico City, 2007), and the English translations of Holy Land by Mohamed Kacimi (3rd Kulture Kids, 2014), Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé (The Movement Theatre Company, 2010) and Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre by Larry Tremblay (Alberta Theatre Projects, 2010). Her work has been read and developed at theaters and universities across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Mexico, Italy and Norway.

Her translations include over a dozen plays by contemporary playwrights Julien Mabiala Bissila (Congo), Sébastien David (Quebec), Mohamed Kacimi (Algeria),  Koffi Kwahulé (Côte dIvoire), Étienne Lepage (Quebec) and Larry Tremblay (Quebec).

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