JOANNA GARFINKEL

Biography

Joanna Garfinkel started new play development collective Universal Limited in August 2011. Previously, she co-created and directed the pedicab adventure Tour for HIVE 3 with the Electric Company, Universal Limited, and the Cultural Olympiad. That site-specific escapade went on to the Firehall, was award-winning at the Fringe, and has since been reinvented for Victoria (Theatre SKAM), and Toronto (SummerWorks). Joanna is struck by the racially motivated societal patterns that keep repeating in Canada, and to troubling those waters through performance. Recent credits include co-curating, dramaturging and directing the Northern Play Reading Series in Yellowknife, NWT (Akpik Theatre). She was awarded the Pure Research grant for Nightswimming Theatre (Toronto), was nominated for the Jessie award for Innovation (Letters from Lithuania/Mortal Coil), and has received the Sydney Risk award for directing. She moved to Vancouver to get her MFA in directing at UBC, and her focus since has been primarily in new play development, multidisciplinary, and site-specific work. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York. Upcoming: dramaturgy for Playwrights’ Theatre Centre, and VACT’s MSG lab.  joannagarfinkel.com