Anais West

WRITER | ACTOR | PRODUCER

Anais (she/he/they) is a queer, gender fluid writer, actor and producer. They are also a settler of Polish descent, based on occupied Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories (colonially called Vancouver, BC, Canada). Anais’ work merges disciplines and forms, including theatre, music and film, to examine the multiplicitous natures of desire, identity, and culture.


Anais' theatre works include the video-play hybrid Kill Your Lovers, (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC) and the slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad, co-written with Sara Vickruck. Poly Queer Love Ballad won PTC’s Fringe in Play Prize and the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, then went on to be nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Production in Musical Theatre. The show toured Turtle Island (Canada) in 2019, with presentations at the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, the SkirtsAfire Festival in Edmonton, and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.


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 presented as a reading at the Queer Arts Festival and as a short film at Rumble Theatre's Tremors Festival in 2020.

Anais' writing has been supported by the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.


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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