CHANTAL BILODEAU is a playwright and translator whose work explores the intersection of science, policy, culture, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight countries of the Arctic; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and; a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action.
Awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She is the recipient of a Jerome Travel & Study Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Compton Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State.
Recent productions include Sila (Cyrano's Theatre, 2016; Underground Railway Theater, 2014) and Hunger (Bated Breath Theatre Company, 2011), and the English translations of Thus Spoke and Logic of the Worst by Étienne Lepage (Yukon Arts Centre, Festival TransAmériques, 2016), and Holy Land by Mohamed Kacimi (3rd Kulture Kids, 2014). Her work has been read and developed at theaters and universities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy and Norway.
Her translations include over twenty plays by contemporary playwrights Sébastien David (Quebec), Mohamed Kacimi (Algeria), Koffi Kwahulé (Côte d’Ivoire), Catherine Léger (Quebec), Étienne Lepage (Quebec), David Paquet (Quebec), and Larry Tremblay (Quebec).
She has written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre Magazine, HowlRound, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and the World Policy Institute, and presented at the annual conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), Iowa State University, Rice University, Tufts University, and York University.
She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a core member of CLIMATE LENS.