Sky Gilbert is a poet, novelist, actor, playwright, filmmaker, theatre director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He has been a groundbreaking activist and a controversial personality in the Canadian theatre community — and the Canadian queer community — for nearly 40 years. He has had more than 40 plays produced, and written 7 critically acclaimed novels including Guilty (also translated into French) Brother Dumb, Wit in Love, and Come Back and three award winning poetry collections -- Digressions of A Naked Party Girl, Confessions of a Juvenile Delinquent and A Nice Place to Visit, as well as a memoir Ejaculations from the Charm Factory. His plays, including the iconic Drag Queens on Trial have found a place in the Canadian theatrical canon. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his theatre work, as well as the Pauline McGibbon Award, and The Silver Ticket Award. He also received the ReLit Award for his novel An English Gentleman in 2004.There is a street in Toronto named after him: ‘Sky Gilbert Lane.’ His latest novel Sad Old Faggot (ECW Press) was critically acclaimed. He is presently working on a cantata — Shakespeare’s Criminal — with composer Dustin Peters, starring famed mezzo Marion Newman to be presented at Factory Studio Theatre in April. In 2019 Playwrights Canada Press will publish Sky's critically acclaimed play It’s All True (about the criminalization of AIDS). In 2020 Guernica Press will publish Sky's new book about Shakespeare’s style Shakespeare: Beyond Science. Dr. Sky Gilbert is a Professor at the School of English and Theatre Studies in Guelph where specializes in creative writing, sexuality and Shakespeare.
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