Linda Griffiths

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Linda Griffiths was an actor, collective creationist, short story writer, director, and playwright.

She was born on October 7, 1956 in Montreal, Canada as Linda Pauline Griffiths [1].

She was one of the members of Bezumba Theatre, Alberta’s first feminist theatre company, which toured throughout Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and PEI in the summer of 1973.

She was a founding member of Saskatoon's 25th Street Theatre [2], contributing to the development of Paper Wheat.

Griffiths also worked with Paul Thompson and Theatre Passe Muraille.

She is the co-author of The Book of Jessica, which includes the play Jessica (1986), written with Metis author and activist Maria Campbell.

In 1997, she formed her own company Duchess Productions, which produced a tour of Alien Creature, as well as developing and associate-producing The Duchess, Alien Creature, Chronic, and Age of Arousal [3]. The company also ran a unique studio playwriting class, Visceral Playwriting [4].

Her plays include Maggie & Pierre (1980), O.D. in Paradise (1982), The Darling Family (1991), A Game of Inches (1991), Brother André's Heart (1992), Spiral Women and the Dirty Theatre (1993), The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson (1997), Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen (1999), Chronic (2003), Baby Finger (2005), Age of Arousal (2007), The Last Dog of War (2010), and Heaven Above, Heaven Below (2013).

Griffiths’ last play, Games premiered in Alberta at playRites in March 2014 [5].

She was the winner of five Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Gemini award, and two Chalmer's awards. She has twice been nominated for the Governor General's Award (The Darling Family, 1992; Alien Creature, 2000) [Linda Griffiths, Age of Arousal, 2007: 175].

She was adjunct professor to the University of Toronto Masters in Creative Writing Program [6].

Linda Griffiths died in Toronto of breast cancer on September 21, 2014.