Guillermo Verdecchia

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Guillermo Verdecchia

Guillermo Verdecchia (born December 7, 1962 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a writer of drama, fiction, and film, and a director, dramaturge, actor, and translator.

About

Verdecchia holds a master of fine arts in drama from the University of Guelph, where he taught acting and playwriting; he was the writer-in-residence at the University of Guelph in 2005.[1] He teaches at the University of Toronto[2] and at the Soulpepper Academy, where he is Head of Playwriting.[3]

He was Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects (now Cahoots Theatre Company) from 1998–2003.

Verdecchia's short fiction has been published in grain ("Letter From Tucuman", Autumn 1995; "Money In The Bank", Winter 1997), Geist ("Surveillance", Spring 1998), Event ("The Necktie Revolution", Summer 1997), and Prism ("A Day in the Life of Thomas Macomber", Spring 1998).

He won numerous film festival awards for his 1994 film Crucero / Crossroads, based on Fronteras Americanas and made with Ramiro Puerta.

Works

  • The Art of Building a Bunker (2014) with Adam Lazarus[4]
  • Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings (2010) with Camyar Chai and Marcus Youssef
  • bloom (2006)
  • The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil (2004) with Camyar Chai and Marcus Youssef
  • Citizen Suárez (short stories, 1998)
  • Insomnia (1998) with Daniel Brooks
  • The Terrible but Incomplete Journals of John D (1996)
  • A Line in the Sand (1995) with Marcus Youssef
  • Fronteras Americanas (1993)
  • The Noam Chomsky Lectures (1990) with Daniel Brooks
  • Final Decisions (WAR) (1990); published as Another Country (2007)
  • i.d. (1989) with Canadian Stage Hour Co.
  • Not Another Banana Republic (1987)
  • Lions in Verona (1980)

Awards

Won

  • Seattle Times Footlight Award - The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil
  • 1997: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - A Line in the Sand with Marcus Youssef
  • 1994/95: Jessie Richardson Community Recognition Award[5]
  • 1993: Governor General's Award for Drama - Fronteras Americanas
  • 1993: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - Fronteras Americanas
  • 1992: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - The Noam Chomsky Lectures with Daniel Brooks
  • 1989: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Theatre for Young Audiences - i.d. with the Great Unwashed Fish Collective

Nominated

  • 1992: Governor General's Award for Drama - The Noam Chomsky Lectures with Daniel Brooks
  • 1991/92: Jessie Richardson Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play - War (Final Decisions)[6]
  • 1990/91: Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Amigo's Blue Guitar (Arts Club Theatre)[7]
  • 1990: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Amigo's Blue Guitar

References

  1. Playwright Guillermo Verdecchia U of G’s Writer-in-Residence
  2. University of Toronto Drama Centre Undergraduate Faculty
  3. Soulpepper Academy
  4. The Art of Building a Bunker at Factory Theatre
  5. The 13th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards
  6. The 10th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards
  7. The 9th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards