UNO Works Curator

We are thrilled to have award-winining director, film-maker and director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét curate UNO Works, an important development series that showcases new work and new voices at UNO. 

Mercedes has curated a double bill of new work from Maria Escolan & Regina Rios as the 2022 UNO Works artists. UNO Works, May 1, 7:30pm at The Metro Studio. Tickets by donation (suggested minimum of $10)

“María and Regina are two young Latina theatre artists with a great deal to say. I’ve had the great pleasure of mentoring them both for a little while now, and I believe they have important perspectives to add to the cultural conversation of our community. UNO Works is a platform that can challenge them to grow, but it can also challenge us, as an audience, to grow as well — to incorporate unfamiliar points of view, to experience life as others live it, through the experience of theatre.” – Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

Read more about Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

Mercedes Bátiz-Benét (she/her) is a Mexican-born multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and award-winning director privileged and grateful to live, work, and create on the unceded traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən, WSÁNEĆ, and Wyomilth peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. Known for her emotionally potent and surrealist style, she has written, co-written, and directed numerous plays that have toured nationally and internationally. In 2014, Mercedes won the Canadian Stage Award for Direction at the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto with her play “El Jinete – A Mariachi Opera”, in 2015 she was chosen as the Distinguished Alumna of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, and in 2020 she directed “Fado, The Saddest Music in the World” (Firehall/Puente), which won the JAYMAC Award for Outstanding Production at the Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards. In 2021 she was chosen as one of the Playwrights Theatre Centre’s 2021-2024 Associates. Mercedes is the artistic director of Puente Theatre where her mission is to advocate for the inclusion, representation, and development of immigrant, IBPOC, and culturally diverse voices.

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