#54 – Nina Lee Aquino
Filipina-Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge, actor, and Artistic Director of Factory Theatre. Nina Lee Aquino completed a Bachelor of Arts in drama at the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in theatre at the Drama Centre, University of Toronto. She was a founding member and Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company (2002-10), and Associate Artistic Director of Factory Theatre, as well as the Artistic Producer of the CrossCurrents Festival at Factory Theatre. She has also worked for Native Earth Performing Arts. From 2009 to 2013 she was Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects. In September 2012, she was appointed a member of an interim artistic team with Nigel Shawn Williams at Factory Theatre.
With Nadine Villasin, she co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) ( Carlos Bulosan Theatre 2003, directed by Guillermo Verdecchia) a comedy about a beauty pageant set in the Philippines, which satirizes the idealization of Western standards of attractiveness. In January 2013, her examination of her own family history and the violent politics of the Philippines, Every Letter Counts opened at Factory Theatre (dir. Nigel Shawn Williams).