Valerie Sing Turner

Valerie Sing Turneris a professional theatre artist based in Vancouver who performs, writes and produces. Though she didn’t know it at the time, she was a pioneer in gender and racial equity when she produced, adapted, stage managed, and played the prince (and an evil stepsister) in a basement production of Cinderella for her mom when she was six. She is a recipient of the Enbridge playRites Award for Emerging Canadian Playwright and the Gordon Armstrong Playwrights Rent Award. She is currently artist-in-residence with English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, and was previously associate artist with urban ink productions and artist-in-residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Selected stage acting credits include War of the Eagles, Agamemnon, 36 VIEWS, Henry IV Part 1, Cloud 9, Hana’s Suitcase, Titus Andronicus, James and the Giant Peach, and the 2012 premiere of the interdisciplinary Confessions of the Other Woman, which was her playwriting debut co-produced by the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, urban ink, and her own company, Visceral Visions. Her writings have appeared in Canadian Theatre Review, and ricepaper magazines, and she is happily working on two new plays, one of which centres on a Chinese-Canadian and Aboriginal couple who are both World War II veterans. Valerie is the founder and Artistic Producer of Visceral Visions, which, among other projects, is developing a searchable database for Indigenous and culturally diverse theatre artists.