Anais West

WRITER | ACTOR | PRODUCER

Anais (she/he/they) is a queer genderfluid writer, producer and performer. They are also a settler of Polish descent, based on occupied Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories (colonially called Vancouver, BC, Canada). Anais’ work is multidisciplinary, merging theatre, film, music and poetry. Through hybrid art, they grapple with the multiplicities that exist in gender, sexuality, culture and self.


Anais' projects include creating the video-play hybrid Kill Your Lovers, (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC) and co-writing the slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad with Sara Vickruck, (Queer Arts Festival, the frank theatre and Zee Zee Theatre, Vancouver, and Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto.) Anais was the 2018 co-winner of PTC’s Fringe New Play Prize and the Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award, and their work has been nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards, including Outstanding Original Script.


Anais is currently writing Underground Absolute Fiction (UAF), a docu-fantasy film about a queer punk band, set during the Polish Stonewall and Women's Strike protests of 2020. UAF was workshopped with the Queer Arts Festival and Rumble Theatre's Tremors Festival in 2020.

Anais’ writing has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council and the PuSh Festival, and they’ve been part of residencies with PTC’s WrightSpace, Queer Arts Festival, Rumble Theatre and Theatre Replacement’s New Aesthetics.


As an actor, Anais has worked with Theatre la Seizieme, the Only Animal, Rumble Theatre, Savage Society and more.


Anais is also the frank theatre company’s Operations Manager & Associate Producer, where he most recently co-produced the digital performance film Be-Longing and She Mami Wata & The Pussy WitchHunt by d’bi young anitrafrika at the 2020 PuSh Festival. Their producing work also includes co-producing the Killjoy Play Series at the 2019 rEvolver Festival with Mariam Barry, Alexandra Lainfiesta and Kayla Deorksen. Anais is a graduate of Studio 58.

 

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