CATHERINE FILLOUX is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over twenty-five years. Recent productions include: Kidnap Road, which premiered at La MaMa in New York City in 2017; 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. 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: 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre, New York, NY; 2016 First Art & Peacebuilding Scholar, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, CA; 2015 Planet Activist Award, to acknowledge Filloux’s dedication to art and activism, in the theater community, Planet Connections, New York, NY; 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 was 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.
SELECTED AWARDS / HONORS / COMMISSIONS
Catherine Filloux received The 2019 Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship 2019. A major project of Mānoa Foundation is a Hawai‘i writing residency honoring Barry Lopez and emphasizing a spirit of social responsibility. The annual award is given to a writer whose work contributes to an awareness of the civic and ethical obligation of artists; helps us understand, through storytelling, that the survival of a humane world depends upon a commitment to integrity, empathy, and compassionate reconciliation; and inspires us to take social responsibility for the perils, which we have created ourselves, to the human and non-human world. A small committee of writers and advisors, including Lopez, selects one writer each year for the residency.
Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre, New York, NY
First Art & Peacebuilding Scholar, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, CA
The Clementine, poem nominated for the Pushcart Small Press Publishing Awards (published in the Prairie Journal, Alberta, Canada)
This year Planet Connections will honor Catherine Filloux, Playwright of Kidnap Road with the Planet Activist Award. Ms Filloux will be presented with this award due to her long career as an activist artist in the theater community.
Distinguished Speaker, Monmouth University, School of Social Work 40th Anniversary, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Commission as librettist for composer Olga Neuwirth's opera ORLANDO for the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. Libretto for New Opera, 2019 Season
Play Commission for Book Wings Iraq 2014
LMCC The Fund for Creative Communities Grant, with Settlement Housing Fund
LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant
Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant, with Still Waters in a Storm
Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Committee grant
To support Catherine’s new play Selma '65 premiering at La MaMa in New York City, in September - October 2014.
Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
The Fund for Creative Communities grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and NYSCA, New York, NY
Local Arts Support, Brooklyn Arts Council/NYSCA, Brooklyn, NY
LUZ at Still Waters in a Storm, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Ongoing - Resident Artist, La MaMa, New York, NY
Lambent Foundation Grant, Tides Center, New York, NY
Henry Smith Artist in Residence Programme in Belfast’s Woodvale Cambrai Community Centre and Holy Cross/Wheatfield Primary Schools, The Playhouse Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland
To work as an artist-in-residence with communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Voice Award for Artistic Works (Voices of Women)
For Filloux’s body of work as a playwright on human rights San Diego Magazine coverage
LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant
To support the world premiere of the play “Dog and Wolf,” by Catherine Filloux, presented as the inaugural production of Watson Arts’ “Write Women Project,” a playwriting series dedicated to female playwrights.
Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood, FL
New Generations-Future Collaborations Award (Mellon Foundation/TCG)
For her work in Cambodia
Core Writer, The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN
Body of Work
PeaceWriting Award (Omni Center for Peace)
1998-2006 5-time Heideman Award Finalist (Actors Theatre of Louisville)
The William Inge Center for the Arts Playwright-In-Residence, Independence, Kansas
The Joe A. Callaway Award, New Dramatists
Now an alumna
Jury for 44th MES International Theater Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia
One of three international jurors selecting winners of Theater Festival
Fulbright Senior Specialist (Higher Institute of Drama & Cultural Animation; Rabat, Morocco)
The Beauty Inside in Arabic
Play Commission; The Ohio State University Theatre Dept. & Office of International Affairs
Opera Commission; Composer Him Sophy, Cambodian Living Arts; John Burt, Producer
Fulbright Senior Specialist (Royal University of Fine Arts; Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Playwriting Workshop/Teaching in Cambodia
James Thurber Playwright-In-Residence, Columbus, Ohio
Contemporary American Theater Festival New Play Commission, West Virginia
Theatreworks/USA New Play Commission, New York City
25th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA
Asian Cultural Council Artist’s Residency Grant in Asia (Cambodia), New York City
Weissberger Award Finalist
Roger L. Stevens Award: The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays
Winner Nausicaa Franco-American Play Contest
Van Nostrand Playwright Commission
Eric Kocher Playwrights Award (National Playwrights Conference, O'Neill Theater Center)