Anna has been working with performance, image, and text in their many iterations for over 20 years. As a writer, performing artist, and visual public artist, her inquiries span collaborative and community-engaged practices, literature, multi-voiced narrative, and the public imaginary.
Anna has led more than 20 public artwork initiatives, and her book works have been recognized with distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, the Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress and are included in the University of Toronto’s Fisher Rare Books Library Queer Canadian Literature Collection.
Anna has curated performance and video programs for organizations, including Inside Out Festival, Mayworks Festival, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Tristan R. Whiston
Tristan is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s arts community for over 25 years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, and community artist. Tristan has written and directed five audio documentaries for CBC. Most notably, his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio.
As the artist-in-residence at Central Toronto Youth Services (2004–10), Tristan directed Gender Play, a theatre project working with LGBTQ youth exploring experiences of gender identity. Tristan recently collaborated with Moynan King on an integrated art and sound performance piece called trace, which toured Canada in 2015.
In 2016, Tristan travelled to England where he was dramaturge and performer on Hush, a new musical written by Alex Bulmer, which was presented at the London International Festival of Theatre and at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Tristan’s film pINCO Triangle, co-directed with Patrick Crowe, was honoured with three 2018 Queer North Awards including Best Canadian Film.
Photo: Christopher Cauley