Hometown: Bloomingdale, NJ
Dates in Sitka: 2016-04
Chantal Bilodeau is a New York playwright and translator originally from Montreal. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic – and the founder of the international network Artists And Climate Change.
Awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She is the recipient of a Jerome Travel & Study Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Compton Foundation grants, and a U.S. Department of State Federal Assistance Award.
Productions include Sila (Underground Railway Theater, 2014), Hunger (Bated Breath Theatre Company, 2011), The Motherline (New York International Fringe Festival, 2009), Pleasure & Pain (Magic Theatre; Foro La Gruta, Teatro La Capilla and Festival de Teatro Nuevo León in Mexico City, 2007), and the English translations of Holy Land by Mohamed Kacimi (3rd Kulture Kids, 2014), Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé (The Movement Theatre Company, 2010) and Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre by Larry Tremblay (Alberta Theatre Projects, 2010). Her work has been read and developed at theaters and universities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy and Norway.
Her translations include over a dozen plays by contemporary playwrights Sébastien David (Québec), Mohamed Kacimi (Algeria), Koffi Kwahulé (Côte d’Ivoire), Étienne Lepage (Quebec), Larry Tremblay (Quebec) and others.
She has written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre Magazine,HowlRound, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and the World Policy Institute, and presented at the annual conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Iowa State University, Rice University, Tufts University, and York University. She is a co-organizer of the international Climate Change Theatre Action.