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(Above image: Nina preparing to perform Heiner Muller’s Hamlet/Machine text at The Papal Palace in Avignon, France.  July 2014.  Photograph courtesy of Rosie Belvie.) 

CURRICULUM VITAE (RECENT WORK)

Nina Arsenault

multi-disciplinary artist

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**THEATRE, PERFORMANCE ART, LIVE INSTALLATIONS**

I AM
(lead actor/dancer – performed “Ophelia / Electra” and excerpts of the “Hamlet” text from Heiner Muller’s Hamlet/Machine) 

Palace of the Pope, Avignon Festival, Avignon, France, July 2014
RuhrTriennale Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum, Germany, Aug 2014

The Crimson House
(lead dancer – “Eve” – dance / theatre created by Lemi Ponifasio and MAU)

Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece, Nov 2014
Holland Festival, Amsterdam, June 2014
Les Theatres de la Villa Luxembourg, June 2014
Theatre de Moliere, Scene National de Sete, Sete, France, April 2014
Theatre de la Ville, Paris, March 2014
Festspeil—-, St. Poelton, Austria, March 2014
St. James Theatre, The Wellington International Arts Festival, March 2014

Lillex
(performer, creator — 6 day performance art install-action, co-created with Poppy Jackson)
]performance[ s p a c e , London, UK, Oct 2013

Ophelia/Machine
(performer, creator — 3 day performance art workshop)
Video Fag, Toronto
Dec 2012

Narcissism Will Heal The Sick — OR — For Every Time You Shattered Me I Made Myself Again
(performer, creator — 5 hour performance art installation)
Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Dec 2012

Whore of Babalon
(performer, creator — multi-media one-woman performance)

Flex Theatre, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Nov 2012
Centre for Gay and Lesbian Studies, New York NY, Nov 2012

40 Days + 40 Nights: Working Towards a Spiritual Experience
(performer, creator — 40 day durational performance art installation / experience)
Summerworks Theatre Festival, Toronto, Aug 2012

The Silicone Diaries
(performer, creator — one woman show, directed by Brendan Healy)

The East Vancouver Cultural Centre, Vancouver, Feb 2012
The Magnetic North Theatre Festival -Canada’s Premiere Festival of Contemporary Performance in English, Ottawa, June 2011
Theatre Lachapelle, Montreal, Dec 2010
(nominated for Prix de La Critiques by the Association of Quebec Theatre Critics)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Dec 2010
(return engagement)
Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, Jan 2010
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Dec 2009
The Saint John Theatre Company, New Brunswick, Aug 2008

I was Barbie
(performer, creator — one woman show, directed by Brendan Healy)

Saint John Theatre Company, 2012
(as the first act of a longer performance called Queer Art Diva)
Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, 2011
Summerworks Theatre Festival, Toronto, 2010
PSi 16 (Performance Studies International), Toronto, 2010
The Bus Stop Theatre’s Queer Acts, Halifax, 2009
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Pride Festival, Toronto, 2009
We’re Funny That Way -The Original Queer Comedy Festival, Toronto, 2009

Queer Art Diva: an evening of selected monologues, writing and visual art
(performer, creator)

The Saint John Theatre Company, New Brunswick, 2012
ML Theatre, University of Waterloo, 2011

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**SHORT FILM / VIDEO**

Wartime Stripper(lead on-camera role, created with Istvan Kantor, co-producer)
premiered at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s Videodrome event, Toronto 2013
Walter White Gallery, North Bay, Ontario 2013

The Break (by Alexis Mitchell, Nina in featured role with Lucas Silvera, and Fides Krucker)
The Feminist Art Gallery, courtesy of University of British Columbia, 2012
The Inside/Out Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival, Toronto 2013

I am Yours (lead on-camera role, director Chase Joynt)
premiered at the Inside/Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Toronto 2013

Murder in Transit (directed by John Greyson, Nina in a secondary acting role as the mad scientist)
premiere in the Toronto Subway System, Jan 2013

The Angel and the Shephard (co-created with Istvan Kantor)
FADO Performance Art Centre, 2012

Guadalajara (co-creation between Nina and Jordan Tannahill)
Flex Theatre, Cornell University,

Centre for Gay and Lesbian Studies, New York NY, 2012

Plane of Immanence (co-creation between Nina and Jordan Tannahill)
Pleasure Dome, New Toronto Works, 2012
Centre for Lesbain and Gay Studies, New York NY, 2012
The Whore of Babalon Tour, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 2012
The Feminist Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2012
The Nines Cultures Club, Vancouver, 2012
Video Fag, Toronto 2012

Oh Superstar (music video by Istvan Kantor in collaboration with Nina Arsenault)
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, 2012

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**PUBLICATIONS**

TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work
(Edited by Judith Rudakoff, published by Intellect Books 2012)
a lengthy analysis of my artistic work by 13 different scholars, artists and cultural commentators -including an article with my former pimp and pro-sex workers rights activist Todd Klink, and an immanent Israeli Biblical scholar, Shimon Levy, who speaks to the spiritual aspects of my work. (Also contains several of my works below.)

Landscape with Yukon and Unnatural Beauty
in TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: an Unreasonable Body of Work
Edited by Judith Rudakoff, published by Intellect Books, 2012

The Silicone Diaries (performance text)
in TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: an Unreasonable Body of Work
Edited by Judith Rudakoff, published by Intellect Books, 2012

Collaborative Self-Portraits (35 pages of colour photogragphy)
in TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work
Edited by Judith Rudakoff, published by Intellect Books, 2012

A Manifesto of Living Self-portraiture
The Canadian Theatre Review, 150th anniversary issue

Without Pride I couldn’t be me
Now Magazine, 2011

13 reflections from an Unreal Queer Artist
The Herald Tribune, 2010

Paying for Sex Changes is the least the gov’t can do
The National Post, 2008

Suicide Watch at the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
The National Post, 2006

My $200,000 Body
The National Post, 2005

Tgirl
Fab Magazine, 2005 – 2007
a bi-weekly column containing an autobiographical serial about my adventures in plastic surgery, the transgendered subculture, straight men who love transsexuals, sadomasochism and negotiating transphobic society at large

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**PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLABORATIONS**

I continue a process of photographing my body, something I have done at all stages of my physical and psychic metamorphoses, a collaborative practice I’ve engaged with with approximately 30 other artists including international filmmaker, pornographer, and photographer Bruce LaBruce; Governor General’s Award winning artist Istvan Kantor; Flare Magazine’s fashion photographer Peter Tamlin as well as hot emerging artists like Jordan Tannahil, and Drasko Bogdanovic. These images have appeared in various places: La Fresh Gallery (Madrid), a lecture called “Beauty, Art and the Female Form” (The National Gallery of Canada), in the exhibition “The Naked Body and the Making of Queer History” at The National Gay and Lesbian Archives of The United States of America (Los Angeles), Le Petit Morte Gallery (Ottawa), in the internationally published book “TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work”, in “Whore of Babylon: an apocalyptic pin-up calendar for 2012″ and in numerous art journals and online sites.

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**ARTIST RESIDENCIES**

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – Artist in Residence (Jan – July, 2013 )

Summerworks Theatre Festival’s Live Art Series
(to develop a performance art piece called 40 Days and 40 Nights: Working Towards a Spiritual Experience)

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Artist Residency Program, 2010
(to develop the one act play I was Barbie with Artistic Director Brendan Healy)

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**PUBLIC SPEAKING**

Respect, Intimacy and Imparting Safety: Communication between Hospital Staff and Transgendered Patients
lecture for the staff of Mount Cedar’s Sinai Hospital (repeat of previous talk and video taping), 2013

Philosophical reflections on the archetype of the Whore of Babalon 
Cornell University, New York State

Anti-Transphobia Talk
talk for the Toronto Metropolitan Police, 2012

Respect, Intimacy and Imparting Safety: Communication between Hospital Staff and Transgendered Patients
lecture for the staff of Mount Cedar’s Sinai Hospital, 2012

Being Queer, Being an Artist
seminar for queer youth at The Sherbourne Health Centre’s S.O.Y. Programme (Supporting Our Youth), 2012

Self-portraiture: identity, performance and transformation
lecture at Ryerson Univerisity’s visual art department and The Ontario College of Art and Design, 2011

7 easy ways to create an artistic discipline that you aren’t taught in school
key note speech at COVERGE, a gathering of Queer and Questioning Youth in the Arts, 2011

Metaphysical Object
at Idea City – Moses Znaimer’s International Conference of The 50 Smartest People, The 50 Brightest Ideas, June, 2010
(televised internationally)

The Theatre of Our Lives
key note Speech at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s “Pride Prom” – an alternative Prom night for LGBTQ youth and their supporters

The Eroticization of Transsexual Women by Heterosexual Men
lecture at York University’s Department of Sexuality Studies, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

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**ARTIST TALKS**

SummerWorks

“Just Another Gay Thing” — Queer Art / Queer Politics Panel, curated by Michael Rubenfeld

Videofag, Toronto
“Troubling Masculinities”, curated by Ken Moffat, Spring 2013

Cornell University, New York State
Theatre Dept, Sexualities Studies Dept, Fall 2012

City University of New York, NYC
Centre for Gay and Lesbian Studies, Fall 2012

York University
Theatre Dept, Fall 2010, Spr 2011, Fall 2012
Visual Art Dept, Spr 2011

Ontario College of Art and Design
Visual Art, Spr 2011

Ryerson University
Theatre, Fall 2011
Fashion, Spr 2010, Spr 2009, Spr 2008

University of Toronto
Theatre, Fall 2011
Creative Writing, Fall 2012

University of Waterloo
Theatre, Fall 2011

Brock University
Theatre, Spr 2011, Fall 2011

The East Vancouver Cultural Centre
Young Artists Unit, Winter 2012

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**POETRY READINGS**

I Live
Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, 2011
Mutual Readings at The Secret Handshake Gallery, Toronto, 2012

Landscape with Yukon and Unnatural Beauty
The Beautiful and The Damned -a night of poetry and cabaret, Toronto, 2012

Inside the Basilica
Summer Works Theatre Festival Launch Party, Toronto, 2012

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**SELECT TELEVISION AND RADIO APPEARANCES**

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Dr Drew on Call - “Outrage Over Transgender Suicide”
produced by HLN, Jan 2015

Dr. Drew on Call - “Sex Changes in Prison”
produced by HLN, Oct 2012

Dr. Drew on Call - “Luka Magnotta”
discussion about Luka Magnotta, online crime, the culture of narcissism
produced by HLN, May 2012

CBC Toronto – “Metro Morning Radio”
discussion about transgendered beauty contestants allowed to compete in Miss Universe pageant
1 episode
produced by CBC

CBC National News
arts segment about my artistic practice called “A Portrait of Nina Arsenault”
1 episode
produced by CBC, 2010

CBC National News
news segment about the national tour of my play The Silicone Diaries
1 episode
produced by CBC, 2010

CBC Radio 1 in Quebec
interview about the Montreal production of my play The Silicone Diaries
1 episode
produced by CBC, 2010

CBC Radio’s “Q with Jhian Ghomeshi”
interview about my play The Silicone Diaries
1 episode
produced by CBC, 2010

Sex Matters
interview about my work as an artist and public speaker
1 episode
produced by CP24 and City TV, 2010

Idea City – Moses Znaimer’s Internation Conference of The 50 Smartest People, The 50 Brightest Ideas
a speech called Metaphysical Object which articulated by artistic practice
1 episode
produced by Moses Znaimer and Zoomer Media, 2010

CBC Radio – Halifax
interview about my play I was Barbie
1 episode
produced by CBC

Fashion Television
interview about being hired by Mattel portraying Barbie at her official fiftieth birthday party
1 episode
produced by Fashion Television, 2008

Entertainment Tonight Canada
interview about The Guide for Parents and Families of Transgendered People
1 episode
produced by Entertainment Tonight, 2008

The Jon Dore Show
humorous interview about femininity / masculinity
1 episode
produced by The Comedy Network, 2007

Entertainment Tonight Canada
interview about the increase of transgendered characters in film and television
1 episode
produced by Entertainment Tonight, 2007

Fashion Television
interview about my relationship with fashion and upcoming artistic projects
1 episode
produced by Fashion Television, 2007

Entertainment Tonight Canada
interview about my acting, writing and receiving the Unstoppable Award
1 episode
produced by Entertainment Tonight, 2007

Train48
recurring acting role: Christina, the transsexual dominatrix
13 episodes
produced by Global Television, 2004 – 2005

Kink
lead character, documentary series about people with extraordinary sex lives
13 episodes
produced by Paperny Films, Alliance Atlantis and Showcase TV, 2003

Locker Room
ensemble actor/ writer in comedy variety show
26 episodes
produced by Out TV (Canada) and Logo (USA), 2001 – 2002

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**AWARDS**

The Bruce Brydan “Redefine the Possible” Award
from the York University Alumnae Association
given to an individual that has demonstrated leadership and success that embody York’s tagline, “Redefine the Possible.”
honoured beside John Hunkin (former CEO of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce), Chris Penrose (Executive Director, Success Beyond Limits), Kathleen Taylor(President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

Celebrating Canada, Excellence in the Arts
from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
for excellence in the arts and a profound contribution to human rights in Canada
honoured beside Canadians Sarah Polley, Rohinto Mistry, Joseph Boyden, Niv Fichman, Deepa Mehta and international awardee Salman Rushdie

Prix de la Critiques nomination
from the Quebec Association of Theatre Critics in the “Outside Quebec” category for all performances shown in Quebec but created elsewhere
for Theatre Lachapelle’s production of The Silicone Diaries (co-production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
nominated  with Toshiko Okada’s Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech (Tokyo, Japan) and Potudo-ru’s They Are Yume No Shiro (Tokyo, Japan)

The Unstoppable Award
from Toronto’s Mayor, the Honourable David Miller, and The Pride Committee of Toronto
for an outstanding contribution to our society’s understanding of sex and gender and for embodying the theme of Pride 2007 –Unstoppable.

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