Reasons why you should know who Nina Lee Aquino is

Nina Lee Aquino, a Dora Award winning stage director. Photo by R. McCraigNina Lee Aquino accepting her Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Direction for Paper Series.

Just less than a month ago, one deserving lady finally received a Dora: and that's Filipino-Canadian director, dramaturge and playwright Nina Lee Aquino.

First off, let's set one thing straight. For us who are not-so-familiar with the lingo, the Dora Mavor Moore Award is basically the Tony Awards version of Canada. Still not ringing a bell? The Doras are the Canadian version of the Oscars, but for theatre. If you need more explanation, there's always Google!

Anyway, let's get to the details...

Nina Lee Aquino is the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Company and an Artistic Associate of the Factory Theatre.

She is also the editor of Canada’s first Asian-Canadian 2-volume drama anthology titled love & relasianships (Playwrights Canada Press, Spring 2009) and the co-editor of New Essays on Canadian Theatre Volume One: Asian Canadian Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press, Spring 2011). Nina co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) and her monologues have been published in Beyond the Pale (Yvette Nolan, ed.) and She Speaks (Judith Thompson, ed.).

Other credits include awards for directing include the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding direction (paper SERIES, Cahoots Theatre Company 2011) and Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations (Singkil, fu-GEN Theatre Company 2007; People Power, Carlos Bulosan Theatre 2008, lady in the red dress, fu-GEN Theatre Company 2009, The Making of St. Jerome, eastBOUNDtheatre, 2010).

Pretty impressive resume, right? This is exactly why Kapisanan thinks she's the perfect mentor for one of our upcoming workshops!

"So You Think You Can Write... A Play?!", a playwriting workshop facilitated by Dora Award winning stage director Nina Lee Aquino

Nina Lee Aquino will be facilitating So You Think You Can Write... A Play?! @ Kapisanan! Produced in community partnership with Carlos Bulosan Theatre, the playwriting workshop starts August 10.

Check out the facebook event for more information:

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Wednesdays Aug 10th, 17th, and 24th from 6:30-8:30pm

PWYC FREE for VIP Club Members!

@Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture 167 Augusta Ave.

For more info, visit, or call us at 416.979.0600

Be inspired!