2020 Siminovitch Prize Finalist

Karen Hines

Calgary / Toronto

Hines is an inimitable creator in Canadian theatre, an incredibly visual writer with a singular sense of humour that’s insightful and twisted. Alarms should go off whenever she has a new work in town. Toronto Star
Last updated: November 17, 2020

Karen Hines’s lush satires have traveled the globe: from Toronto to Kuala Lumpur, her plays and  ‘little films’ have won critical acclaim, charmed and horrified her audiences, and cemented her  reputation as “one of the most original artists in the city” (Toronto Life), and "one of the gems of  Canadian theatre" (Toronto Star). Raised by scientists, Hines’ keen musings on modern life combine such disparate elements as magical realism, pink-brand feminism, real estate and climate change. She is the author of seven award-winning plays, all published by Coach House  Books, and she has twice been finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, for her Drama: Pilot Episode and for her trilogy of Pochsy Plays. Hines has collaborated on the development of  many new productions by other artists, and she is the long-time director of internationally beloved  adult horror clowns Mump & Smoot. Recent projects include her micro-theatrical solo  Crawlspace, and All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, which was to have had its Toronto premiere  just as the pandemic came. Currently, she is creating new plays, including the fourth in the Pochsy series. Her singular style, informed by an alchemy of clown and bouffon, has won her a  reputation as an auteur and a conduit of biting, hilarious, provocative entertainment. 

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