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Bátiz-Benét, Mercedes


Mercedes Bátiz-Benét is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and award-winner director. She was born and raised in Mexico and in 1997 she moved to Canada. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing in both poetry and drama, and a BA Honours in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Film Production from the Pacific Film & New Media Academy. Productions of her work include "Faust: Ignis Fatuus", at the international festival “Faustfest”, "Shining Through", "Lágrimas Crueles", "With Open Arms", "El Jinete, A Mariachi Opera", "Cruel Tears/Lágrimas Crueles", a Puente and Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre co-production, and as co-writer, "The Umbrella", "The Secret Sorrow of Hatchet Jack Macphee" for The Caravan Farm Theatre, "The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan" with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and Puente Theatre’s "Gruff". In 2014, Mercedes won the Canadian Stage Award for Direction at the SummerWorks Festival with her play "El Jinete, A Mariachi Opera". She is the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction editor at Bayeux Arts, and her first children’s book "Lunar" is forthcoming later this year. Mercedes is the artistic director of Puente Theatre.


Professional Role(s): 
Artistic Director