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Diamond, Alexis


Alexis Diamond is a playwright, librettist and translator based in Montreal. The one-act play Angel's Share, directed and dramaturged by Amanda Kellock, was presented by the Composite Theatre Co. at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival. Her one-act opera The Perfect Screw, created with composer Abigail Richardson in 2009, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. Alexis won the 2008 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition for her play Strange Land, which received a public reading in Toronto in 2009. She was awarded an IPOLC grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage to developRide, a musical for children, with composer Nick Carpenter and percussionist Kristie Ibrahim. Alexis also received a Canadian Opera Creation Program Fellowship and a Leighton Studio Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. The opera for young audiences she wrote with composer Richard Payne about healthy eating, Get Stuffed!, a Tapestry/Words in Motion co-production, had a three-week tour in spring 2009 and then a four-week tour in spring 2010, visiting about 65 Ontario schools and seen by over 15,000 students. It has also been presented by opera students at the University of Kentucky. A bilingual DVD of the opera (French translation by Manon St-Jules) will be distributed to Ontario schools in the coming year. Previous operas include Enid and the Swans, an adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling,” with composer James Rolfe for Soundstreams and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, and The Two Graces with composer Sean Ferguson for Tapestry’s Opera to Go in 2004. Produced by Jeunesses Musicales Canada for young audiences, How Great Turtle Rebuilt the World, Alexis’ translation of La Grande Tortue, a piece for the percussion sextet Sixtrum and narrator, has been presented since 2010, including a stop at the National Arts Centre in June 2011. Alexis has translated several other concert-plays for children and is currently working on a translation of the award-winning play Vipérine, by Pascal Brullemans. In her spare time, Alexis works as a translator and editor. Alexis has a B.A. Honours in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Montreal. She served as president of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal for five years and is currently a member of the Freestanding Room Collective. Website: http://www.compositetheatre.org

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