Hazel Venzon

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hazel Venzon

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hazel is a freelance actress, social-performance artist, writer, director, and producer. Her experimental background is rooted in Sculpture and Performance Art (University of Manitoba's School of Fine Art in Winnipeg, MB) and formal Acting Training (Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC). She uses every opportunity to be creative and explores the definition of theatre through multiple disciplines. Her most recent solo works include: 'Your Nanny Hates You' (presented by the Yukon Arts Centre’s Wharf, 2015), 'For Hire (in two parts)' (presented at Nakai Theatre’s Homegrown Festival, 2014), and 'EMBRACE' (presented at Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Theatre Festival, 2012 and Culture Days, Whitehorse, 2014).

As an actress, Venzon spent ten years working with many of Vancouver's independent 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 (Yukon Territory, 2015). 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.

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) touring ‘Haircuts By Children’ and ‘Children’s Choice Awards’ at festivals around the world. 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, 2016.

Currently, she is the co-founder/co-director of UNIT Productions, an interdisciplinary performance art company shared with fellow Winnipeg artist David Oro.