Alexis Diamond

Alexis Diamond is a playwright, opera and musical librettist, lyricist and translator based in Montreal.

Most recently, Alexis won an Individual Artist residency at the international Saari Residence, Finland, to create a new play, White Hotel, and a residency at the Bill Glassco Translation Colony in Tadoussac to complete Amaryllis, her translation of the award-winning play Vipérine (for ages 9 to 12), by Pascal Brullemans. Recently, Alexis translated Pascale St-Onge’s play Tarmac (Runway) for the National Theatre School of Canada and contributed to translations for the latest touring show by Cirque du Soleil, with text by Olivier Kemeid, and direction by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon; and the bilingual pan-Canadian event the Wild West Show, led by Jean-Marc Dalpé and Alexis Martin, along with translator Maureen Labonté. 

For her first foray into writing in French as well as English, Alexis is participating in two collaborative projects in honour of Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017:  Jusqu’où Montréal (Festival du Jamais Lu / Festival TransAmériques/ Théâtre aux Écuries ) and Identités (Ciel KB / Séverine Fontaine).  

Alexis won the Playwrights' Workshop Montréal's 2013 Cole Foundation Translation Competition for her translation of Marie-Claude Verdier’s play Je n’y suis plus (I’m Not Here). Her company, Composite Theatre Co., produced the play at Toronto's 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival, where Jen Quinn received an honourable mention for her direction. I'm Not Here was previously produced at the 2015 Voila! Festival in the UK (director Courtney Larkin) and received a staged reading at BoucheWHACKED’s annual presentation of new francophone works in translation, the TA GUEULE WORKSHOP AND READING SERIES, in May 2016. 

Her one-act play Angel’s Share (director Amanda Kellock), produced by Composite Theatre Co., won the Segal Centre Award at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival.

Her one-act opera for Tapestry New Opera, The Perfect Screw (composer Abigail Richardson), was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2009. Alexis won the 2008 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition for her play Strange Land. She was awarded an IPOLC grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage to develop Ride, a musical for children, with composer Nick Carpenter and percussionist Kristie Ibrahim. Alexis also received a Canadian Opera Creation Program Fellowship and a Leighton Studio Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Get Stuffed!, the opera for young audiences she wrote with composer Richard Payne about healthy eating, a Tapestry/Words in Motion co-production, toured to 65 Ontario schools and was seen by over 15,000 students. It has also been re-mounted by opera students at the University of Kentucky. A bilingual DVD of the opera (French translation by Manon St-Jules) now resides in school libraries throughout Ontario.

Previous operas include Enid and the Swans, an adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling,” with composer James Rolfe for Soundstreams and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, and The Two Graces with composer Sean Ferguson for Tapestry’s Opera to Go in 2004.

Produced by Jeunesses Musicales Canada for young audiences, How Great Turtle Rebuilt the World (translated from La Grande Tortue), has been performed across Canada since 2010, including a stop at the National Arts Centre in June 2011. Alexis has translated several other JMC concert-plays for children.

Currently the National Forum Representative – Quebec Caucus for the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Alexis served as president of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal for five years and was a long-standing member of the Freestanding Room Collective. She has also sat on the juries for the Quebec Arts Council and the Montreal Fringe Festival. Alexis has a B.A. Honours in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Montreal.