Hazel Venzon

Artist, Producer, and Project Manager in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hazel is a freelance producer for TV, film and theatre; an actress, social-performance artist, writer and collaborator. Her experimental background is rooted in Sculpture and Performance Art (University of Manitoba's School of Fine Art) and formal Acting Training (Studio 58). She uses every opportunity to be creative. Her most recent solo works include: 'Your Nanny Hates You' (Yukon Arts Centre’s Wharf Series), 'For Hire (in two parts)' (Nakai Theatre’s Homegrown Festival), and 'EMBRACE' (Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Theatre Festival and Culture Days, Whitehorse).

As a producer, Hazel has self-produced her own performances since her first solo-show in 2002. By 2007 she linked up with Canadian performance-based innovators Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto, ON) producing and touring to cities and festivals around the world (Africa being the only continent untraveled). During her time in Whitehorse, she produced local, national and international performances - works that ranged between theatre and dance, circus and music as Programming Associate for the Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse, YT). She has produced for festivals such as PuSh International Theatre Festival, Luminato Festival and most recently as the Industry Producer for Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

As an actress, Venzon spent ten years working with Vancouver's indie theatre companies including: Boca del Lupo, Caravan Farm, The Chop, Green Thumb, New World Theatre, Rumble Productions, Ruby Slippers, Theatre Replacement and Urban Crawl.

Her collaborative credits in Toronto include works with Volcano Theatre and Cahoots. Her most recent collaboration was an international feat reaching as wide as Edinburgh, Alaska, Manila and Vancouver - while living in Whitehorse - to create 'Tligipino Bingo'.

Venzon was recently selected to participate in the ‘Art - Anthropology - Archaeology in a Northern Community’ artist residency and collaborative initiative of the White River First Nation, Yukon College, and Yukon Arts Centre. For two years, she sat as the Chair President for Unlikely Events Yukon a non-for-profit charity that has been delivering arts events and innovative projects to the Yukon Territory since 1980.

She has begun working as a producer and 2nd Assistant Director for TV and film since returning back to Winnipeg after fifteen years. Currently, she is the co-founder/co-director of UNIT Productions, an interdisciplinary media art company shared with fellow Winnipeg artist David Oro.

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