I’m gonna write a real bio that names names and incriminates my friends; but in the meantime, for arts administrators or press people who need to cut and paste a bio really fast and don’t give a fuck about my life story:
Cliff Cardinal’s first play Stitch, a one woman play about a pornstar single mom who loses custody of her daughter during first break psychosis, debuted in SummerWorks 2011, winning both The Spotlight Award for Performance, as well as Theatre Passe Muraille’s Emerging Artist Award for the script’s notable artistic impression.
For his solo Huff, about the wondrous lives of three brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother, Cardinal won the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation at SummerWorks 2012 and The RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Award. In 2015, Native Earth Performing Arts re-mounted Huff in the Aki theatre space in Toronto. For this production, Cardinal was recognized with two Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the independent category. (Outstanding Performance – Male; Outstanding New Play.)Huff has completed two National Tours including presentations at The Push International Performing Arts Festival, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the High Performance Rodeo, and closed the studio season at the National Arts Centre in May 2014.
Another play of Cliff’s, Maria Gets A New Life, debuted at SummerWorks 2013. “This captivating tale of an off-grid mother and her desperate children solidifies Cardinal as one of the most talented and intriguing writers in the country.” –NOW MAGAZINE. Cliff graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. His music project, Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks’ recently released their debut album: This Is Not A Mistake.
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