Elaine Avila, a Vancouver based playwright of Azorean/Portuguese descent, has a passion for exploring untold stories. Frequently incorporating music, politics and humor, her work is described as “bold, intelligent, forthright, spirited, compassionate…inviting, wide-ranging” (Caridad Svich), “open, generous” (Erik Ehn) and “a wonderful writer, tremendously gifted, reliable, and innovative.” (Suzan-Lori Parks). Her plays have premiered in Panama; Lisbon; New York City; Vancouver; Edmonton; Toronto; Seattle; Los Angeles; and London, England. Selected awards: Victoria Critic's Circle for Best New Play, Victoria, BC; Audience Favorite Festival de Cocos, Panama City; Disquiet Dzanc Books International Literary Program’s Play Prize, Lisbon, Portugal; BC Arts Council and Canada Council. She has taught in universities from British Columbia to Tasmania, China to Panama. recently serving as Playwright in Residence at Pomona College. Publications: Jane Austen Action Figure and other Plays; in 24 Gun Control Plays; Monologues for Latino/a Actors; Innovation in Five Acts; Howlround, Canadian Theatre Review, American Theater, Contemporary Theatre Review, Lusitania.
Avila, Elaine, Jane Austen, Action Figure and Other Plays (New York: No Passport Press, 2012)
Avila, Elaine, “At Water’s Edge” “Quality” in Monologues for Latino/a Actors (New Hampshire: Smith and Kraus, 2015)
Avila, Elaine, “Backward Country,” in Innovation in Five Acts (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2015)
Avila, Elaine, “Change” in 24 Gun Control Plays (New York: No Passport Press, 2013)