José Teodoro

José Teodoro

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in January and February 2021

José Teodoro
is the author of several plays including Mote, Steps, The Tourist and Slowly, an exchange is taking place. He is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Writer’s Lab, Seattle’s Annex Theatre’s Hothouse, Vancouver’s Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Playwrights Lab, and several thematic residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, such as the Playwrights Retreat, Play-finding with Daniel MacIvor, and the Canada-Mexico Writing-Photography Exchange. José is co-author, with Mexican artist Laura Barrón, of Cathedral, a bilingual 3.5-metre-long book of text and image, and, with Mexican author Andrés Acosta, of Mérida, a prose exchange published in both dANDelion and as a stand-alone volume from La Mano izquierda Press. The Rusted Floor, José’s recent work of literary nonfiction, appears in Brick 106.

José is also a culture writer, contributing essays, interviews and reviews to publications such as The Globe & Mail, Film Comment, Quill & Quire, Now, and The Literary Review of Canada. He has served on juries at over a dozen film festivals throughout Europe and the Americas.

Most recently, he was a juror for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Canadian literature. José has designed and directed interdisciplinary thematic workshops, such as Art & Ephemerality, with French vocalist Alexandra Templier, for Toronto’s Institute for Creative Exchange. José has also served as story editor on several acclaimed films, including Lina Rodriguez’s This Time Tomorrow and Hugh Gibson’s TFCA Roger’s Best Canadian Film Award-winner The Stairs.

José’s current projects include a book of conversations with filmmaker Peter Mettler and another book of literary nonfiction, new performance works such as Screen Door, a piece for actors and musicians, and Island, which was developed as part of PTC’s Lab and the Banff Playwrights Retreat. A serial audio version of his play Cloudless, featuring Carmen Aguirre and directed by Alison Wong, will be presented by Canadian Stage in February.

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