Mishka Lavigne

Mishka Lavigne is a playwright and theatre translator based in Ottawa/Gatineau. She has written Cinéma, produced in April 2015 by the Théâtre la Catapulte and Théâtre Belvédère as part of Ontario Scene with the National Arts Centre. Cinéma was published in April 2016 by the Ottawa-based Éditions Interligne. 

Mishka was playwright-in-residence at Théâtre la Catapulte for the 2015-2016 season where she worked on Havre, a new play for adult audiences. Havre was read at the Festival du Jamais Lu in Montreal in May 2016, at the Feuilles Vives in Ottawa and at the Francophonies en Limousin in Limoges, France, in September 2016. 

Mishka is also working on Albumen, her first English-language play, supported by the Playwrights' Network at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. With Albumen, Mishka took part in the 2016 Banff Playwrights' Colony under the direction of Brian Quirt. 


In 2013, Mishka was awarded the RBC Emerging artist prize through the Fondation pour l'avancement du théâtre au Canada français and in 2015, through the same foundation, Mishka was awarded the Ontario Ministry of Culture creation award to create a new piece inspired by the work of Canadian visual artist Stefan Thompson with director Éric Perron.

Mishka translates both into French and English. As a translator, we’ve seen her work in Ottawa (Little Martyrs) and in Montreal (Tumit, Drowning(S), Samsara). Mishka is also part of the Anglophone reading committee of La Maison Antoine-Vitez, an international centre for theatre translation in Paris, France. She is a member of the CEAD and PWM and is a founding member of Ottawa based writing collective Les Poids Plumes.