On the Queer Stage

Art Gallery of Mississauga

300 City Centre Drive 1st Floor
Mississauga, Ontario

On the Queer Stage

Friday April 13, 2018: 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga

300 City Centre Drive (Inside Mississauga Civic Centre)

Barrier-free space, all gender washroom, snacks provided

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2023926604526468/



The Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to present On the Queer Stage, a community conversation with three theatre, stage and film LGBTQ artists who have roots in Mississauga. We are honoured to have Bilal Baig, kumari giles and Aldrin Bundoc join us to share their experiences in creating, performing and presenting. The artists will be speaking about their work, how gender and sexuality have played a role, and what the suburbs mean for them. The community conversation will be moderated by Anu Radha Verma. 

All are welcome. Snacks provided. All gender washroom.


Bilal Baig is a young-queer-genderqueer-muslim playwright and actor. His first play, Acha Bacha, had its world premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille in February 2018. His other plays, Khwaja Sera and blue eyes killed him without blinking are currently in development at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Factory Theatre respectively. His personal essay, titled Something Greater than Ourselves, will be featured in the play publication of The Gay Heritage Project in spring 2018. As a performer, Bilal has worked with Studio 180 Theatre, Theatre Centre, Theatre by the Bay, SummerWorks Performance Festival and the Rhubarb Festival. Bilal also spends his time leading story creation workshops in elementary schools in North York and Scarborough through an organization called StoryPlanet, and is part of a collective that creates in-person hangout spaces for queer and trans south asians as well as an online space to connect called A Colour Deep.

kumari giles is a multi-disciplinary artist, dancer, storyteller, curator, logistics nerd, aerialist, food enthusiast and community cook. As a queer non-binary mixed maker of many things, they believe in art and movement as a tool for empowerment, transformation and healing. They are committed to nurturing overlooked brilliance, working collectively and challenging systemic power in the arts. They bring love, intention and integrity to independent and collective projects including CATALYST(2017), Sarap (2017) and their one-person play things i cannot speak (2015).

Aldrin Bundoc is a theatre and television actor, originally from The Philippines. He is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre Conservatory and continuously endeavours to support and strengthen the presence of Filipino artists in the media. Aldrin had leading roles in the Dora-nominated productions "Body Politic" (Buddies In Bad Times co-produced by LemonTreeCreations), and "Meet Cute" (Roseneath Theatre). Other credits include: Twelfth Night, Alls Well that Ends Well (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); American Buffalo, Julius Caesar (Unit102 Theatre); Lord Sword (Inter-Arts-Matrix); Flashpoint (CTV); The Firm (NBC); Private Eyes (Global).

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