In an attempt to raise the profile of  Filipino Artists in Canada the Carlos Bulosan Theatre will be posting selected profiles of artists every day for the next week. This posting stems from an original blog post by aspiring Filipino Artists who came to CBT questioning diversity of Filipino artists on stage and the longevity of life in the Entertainment and Performing Arts sectors. I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting Hazel Venzon this past June at Magnetic North with the show Kismet: one to one hundred.

Hazel is a multitalented artist who enjoys combining theatre with other mediums in innovative ways.  She studied Sculpture and Performance Art at the University of Manitoba School of Fine Art, and graduated from Vancouver’s Studio 58 Acting Program in 2006.  In addition to her own projects, she has worked with many of Vancouver’s independent theatre companies such as Boca Del Lupo, Ruby Slippers, Rumble Theatre, The Chop Theatre Society, Theatre Replacement, and Urban Crawl.

In 2010, she took a residency with Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse and created Embrace, a by-verbatim show about the Filipino community’s immigration experiences to Canada.  At present, she is writing a commissioned play for Nakai, which was showcased at The Pivot Festival, this past January 2012.  Recently, she was part of The Chop Theatre Society‘s remount of Kismet: one to one hundred at Presentation House and was in to Holland facilitating and producing Mammalian Diving Reflex‘s world renowned social performance piece  “Haircut By Children”.

Hazel is a strong believer in community outreach, constantly looking for ways to engage with different ethnic communities, age ranges, and social classes – stretching the definition of ‘culture’ for herself. Hazel was born in Winnipeg, MB.

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