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Catherine FillouxCatherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for more than twenty years. Her plays have been produced in New York and around the world in various languages including Khmer.

Catherine's new book LUZ exposes the global scale of gender-based violence and the collusion between human rights and corporate law practice. Purchase the book, featuring an introduction by José Zayas. 

Filloux's new play SELMA '65 premiered at La MaMa and is now touring the country. It will appear at Brandeis on October 8, 2015. She also served as Playwright Facilitator at La MaMa's 8th Annual International Playwright Retreat in Umbria, Italy in August 2014. Filloux is currently working on three musical theater pieces, including: Where Elephants Weep, produced in Phnom Penh (Composer Him Sophy); and The Floating Box produced in New York (Composer Jason Kao Hwang); and New Arrivals, at Houston Grand Opera (Composer John Glover.) Olga Neuwirth will compose the opera Orlando for the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. The librettist will be the Franco-American author and playwright Catherine Filloux. The premiere is scheduled for December 2019 – cast and leading team will be announced at a later time.

Filloux served as a panelist on Mount Holyoke College-Simmons College-Smith College's May/June 2014 Women in Public Service Project Conference, "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict." She also served as a panelist at the Bridges of Understanding's December 2013 annual conference, "#eARAB: Emotionalizing Arab Identity in the Digital Age" at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC.

Filloux was one of three writers that participated in a 2013 overseas reading/writing tour to Sudan and South Sudan organized by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, to engage and support current and aspiring writers and journalists. Filloux also served on the faculty of Vassar College as Playwriting Instructor and served as Editor and Advisory Board member for the Human Rights Studies Online Collection at Alexander Street Press. Listen to Filloux's 2014 radio interview with David Diamond on Artists' Lives and Careers. 

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Poster for The Beauty Inside.
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A theater collaboration between Catherine Filloux and Kurdish theater directors Gaziza Omer and Peshro Hosaen titled The Beauty Inside was a key feature of ArtRole's 3rd International Women’s Conference in Iraq, hosted in the cities of Erbil, Sulaymania and Kirkuk. The piece was translated into Kurdish by Nawzad Shwani, and performed by a professional cast of actors from across Iraq.

Additionally, Filloux is the author of two music theater pieces, Where Elephants Weep produced in Phnom Penh (Composer Him Sophy), and The Floating Box produced in New York (Composer Jason Kao Hwang). Her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc., and her anthology Silence of God and Other Plays is published by Seagull Books, London Limited.

Filloux has received awards from the O'Neill, Kennedy Center, Omni Center for Peace and New Dramatists, and most recently the Voice Award for Artistic Works from Voices of Women. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and her French baccalaureate with honors in Toulon, France. Filloux has served extensively as a speaker for playwriting and human rights organizations around the world, and is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, a volunteer organization engaged in international theater exchange.

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Read updates from 2012 about Catherine from the one-year anniversary of "Acting Together on the World Stage."