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CATHERINE FILLOUX is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over twenty years. Recent productions include: Selma ‘65, her play about the civil rights movement and the KKK, at La MaMa in New York City, where she is an Artist in Residence; SELMA '65 toured the country through 2016. Luz also premiered at La MaMa and played at Looking for Lilith in Louisville, Kentucky. Luz is published by NoPassport Press. Catherine went on an overseas reading tour to Sudan and South Sudan organized by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program; and her play The Beauty Inside was produced in Northern Iraq, in the Kurdish language, by ArtRole. Filloux has been commissioned by the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) to write the libretto for composer Olga Neuwirth's ORLANDO, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. The premiere is scheduled for December 2019. She was the Playwright Facilitator for the 8th Annual International Playwright Retreat at La MaMa Umbria in Italy. Catherine is on the Advisory Board and an Editor for Alexander Street Press's Human Rights Studies Online Collection. In Development: Musical All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go with Composer Jimmy Roberts (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and John Daggett (Lemkin's House), based on her play; and a new play KIDNAP ROAD; directed by Stan Cahill, starring Kimber Riddle and Steve Guevara, sound design by Darren R. Sussman, movement coach Michael L. Thomas. Catherine has joined the faculty at Vassar College in the Department of Drama as the Playwriting Instructor. Filloux’s commissioned libretto, New Arrivals, premiered at Houston Grand Opera, Song of Houston, composed by John Glover. Catherine traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the Henry Smith Artist in Residence Programme in Woodvale Cambrai Community Centre and Holy Cross/Wheatfield Primary Schools, with The Playhouse Derry~Londonderry.

Filloux’s more than twenty plays have been produced in New York and around the world. They include: Dog and Wolf (59E59 Theaters/Watson Arts, NYC, 2010); Killing the Boss (Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC, 2008); Lemkin’s House (Rideau de Bruxelles, Belgium, 2007, McGinn-Cazale Theatre & 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC, 2006, Kamerni teatar 55, Sarajevo, Bosnia, 2005); The Beauty Inside (New Georges, NYC and InterAct, Philadelphia, 2005); Eyes of the Heart (National Asian American Theatre Co., NYC, 2004); Silence of God (Contemporary American Theater Festival, WV, 2002); Mary and Myra (CATF, 2000 and Todd Mountain Theater, NY, 2002); Arthur’s War (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA, NYC, 2002); Photographs From S-21, a short play that has been produced throughout the world and Escuela del Mundo (commissioned by The Ohio State University and touring Ohio in 2006-2005).

The Beauty Inside was translated into Arabic for a workshop at ISADAC in Rabat, Morocco, 2004. “Dog and Wolf” Community Outreach Project is a new model conceived by the playwright in 2010, produced by Watson Arts, to bring theater to neighborhoods where theatergoing isn't necessarily part of everyday culture.

Filloux wrote the libretto for Where Elephants Weep (Composer Him Sophy) an opera, which received its premiere in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2008. She is the librettist for The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown (Composer Jason Kao Hwang), which opened at Asia Society in New York City and was selected as a Critics Choice in Opera News in 2005, released by New World Records.

Awards include: Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Committee grant, Voice Award for Artistic Works (Voices of Women), New Generations-Future Collaborations Award (Mellon Foundation/TCG), PeaceWriting Award (Omni Center for Peace), Roger L. Stevens Award (Kennedy Center), Eric Kocher Playwrights Award (O'Neill), MAP Fund (for The Breach and The Floating Box), 5-time Heideman Award Finalist (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and the Callaway Award (New Dramatists). She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist (Cambodia & Morocco), Asian Cultural Council Grant and LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Fund for Creative Communities recipient. She served as a Juror for Sarajevo’s MES International Theater Festival and as a James Thurber and William Inge Center for the Arts Playwright-In-Residence. She is a Core Writer (The Playwrights’ Center) and New Dramatists alumna. She developed the Oral History Project A Circle of Grace with the Cambodian Women's Group at St. Rita’s Refugee Center in Bronx, NY. She has provided French-English translations for various theater companies and periodicals. Catherine developed her play Eyes of the Heart for Lifetime TV.

Filloux’s plays are published by Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Vintage, DPS and Prentice Hall. Her anthologies include Silence of God and Other Plays, published by Seagull Books, London Limited and Dog and Wolf & Killing the Boss, two plays by Catherine Filloux, NoPassport Press. Her articles have appeared in periodicals including American Theatre, Manoa, and The Drama Review. Catherine received her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and her French Baccalaureate in Philosophy with Honors in Toulon, France. Filloux is featured in the documentary film “Acting Together on the World Stage" co-created by Dr. Cynthia E. Cohen and filmmaker Allison Lund, in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders. Filloux is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders and has served as a speaker for playwriting and human rights organizations around the world.

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