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.
Olga Neuwirth will compose the opera ORLANDO for the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. The librettist will be the Franco-American author and playwright Catherine Filloux. The premiere is scheduled for December 2019 – cast and leading team will be announced at a later time.
The first staged reading of KIDNAP ROAD A new play by Catherine Filloux
June 27, 2015 at 2pm at the Paradise Factory. Head lining the Planet Connections reading series; free and open to the public. A woman's political choice. The trauma of captivity. And what memory will finally come to hold. Directed by Stan Cahill; Starring Kimber Riddle and Steve Guevara; Sound Design Darren Sussman; Movement Coach Michael Leon Thomas.
SELMA '65 premiered at La MaMa in New York City September-October 2014
In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March, award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. Marietta Hedges plays both roles. Directed by Eleanor Holdridge.
After its premiere SELMA ‘65 has been touring the country in 2015. Venues include: SUNY Geneseo, New York; The Park School of Baltimore; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Eastern Michigan University; Howard Community College and Rep Stage, Maryland; Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego; The Catholic University of America, D.C.; Brandeis University, Massachusetts; Rhode Island School of Design.
Distinguished Speaker, Monmouth University, School of Social Work 40th Anniversary, February 10, 2015, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Playwriting Workshop for Associate Professor Evelyn Díaz Cruz, March 26, 2015, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at University of San Diego, California.
Catherine is currently developing a new musical ALL DRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO, based on her play of the same name, with composer Jimmy Roberts (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and John Daggett (Lemkin’s House).
2014 Playwright Facilitator, 8th Annual International Playwright Retreat, La MaMa Umbria, Italy; 2014 Dramaturg, University of South Carolina Workshop,I AM HERE, with Director Andrea Paciotto, La MaMa Umbria & Spoleto, Italy.
2014 Panelist, Mount Holyoke College-Simmons College-Smith College, The Women in Public Service Project, Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict.
2014 Guest Speaker for Sarah Lawrence/La MaMa; and Columbia Grammar and Prepatory School/Human Rights Course (Marc Greenside), New York City.
Book Wings Iraq 2014
Six new short works from writers in the U. S. and Iraq including MOCK COURT by Catherine Filloux: When a terrifying post 9-11 reality becomes a schoolyard game, can life go on as normal?
In November 2013 ArtRole's 3rd International Women’s Conference - Iraq, was hosted in the cities of Erbil, Sulaymania and Kirkuk. A theater collaboration between Catherine Filloux and Kurdish theater directors Gaziza Omer and Peshro Hosaen. THE BEAUTY INSIDE, which was first produced in 2005 by New Georges in New York City and InterAct in Philadelphia, was translated into Kurdish by Nawzad Shwani. The actress, Sawan Khaled, who played the key role Yalova, was 17 years old and a second year student at the Fine Arts Institute in Sulaymania. Sawan portrays a 14 year old girl, who was raped, became pregnant and was thrown in a canal by her family, because she dishonored them. Sawan was accompanied by a professional cast of actors from across Iraq, who portrayed many roles.
2013 Overseas reading tour to Sudan and South Sudan organized by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State