T. Berto

T. Berto’s first play, BASH, won the Toronto Fringe Best New Play Prize in 2000. In 2001 Skate It Off, Bobby opened at The George Luscombe Theatre in Guelph. The following summer their one-woman show Gypsies played at Toronto Fringe. From 2002 to 2004 the Summerworks Festival played his triptych of works looking at civil rights post 9/11: The Fifth Option, DUE PROCESS and Guantanamara. Thier plays have twice been a part at the University of Lethbridge's Canadian Playwrights in Development program. SERVICED, directed by Judith Thompson, played at Toronto Fringe in 2005. In the fall of 2006 a short work CHRYSALIS was presented by Theatre 8-0-8 in Calgary. Again in Calgary in 2007 Birds and Stones Theatre mounted The Fifth Option. In 2008 Four Ways ‘Til Rain played at Factory mainspace for Fringe. In 2009 A Singularity of Being won both a place in Best of Fringe and won the Toronto Fringe Best New Play Prize for the second time. In 2014 the work ROW played at the Theatre Passe Muraille as a part of the Summerworks Festival. The play went on to win a prize in the USA from the Bruce and Arch Brown Foundation for LGBTQ theatre. Berto's plays and scenes have been featured often at the Loud and Queer theatre festival in Edmonton and the Clean Sheets Festival in Vancouver. In 2017 the play BUGGER THE BUTTERFLY! won a rave reviews at the Toronto Fringe. Several monologues are available as published excerpts in She Speaks, Gay and Lesbian Monologues, and He Speaks, published by Playwrights Canada Press. Berto lives in Guelph.