Alec Butler

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Alec Butler (born 1959 in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia) is an award winning Canadian playwright and filmmaker. Assigned female at birth,[1] he identified as a butch lesbian before pursuing gender reassignment in 1999, and currently identifies as a Two-SpiritIntersex and trans man. Prior to his gender reassignment, his work was published under the name Audrey Butler.[1]

He was a nominee for the Governor General's Award for English drama in 1990 for his play Black Friday. He has also worked on artistic projects with The 519 Church St. Community Centre as their first artist-in-residence. He was named one of Toronto's Vital People by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2006.

He is a Métis of Mi'kmaq heritage.[1]

Plays[edit]

  • Shakedown
  • Cradle Pin
  • Radical Perversions: 2 Dyke Plays (1990)
  • Black Friday (1990)
  • Claposis (1990)
  • Hardcore Memories (1993)
  • Medusa Rising (1996)
  • Trans Cab (2005)

Books: "Radical Perversions: two Dyke Plays by Audrey Butler" published by Women's Press, 1991 Novella called "Rough Paradise" published May 31, 2014 by Quattro Books

Films[edit]

  • Trans Mission: Get Yer Motor Runnin' – One-man show at A-Space, Toronto, 2003.
  • Misadventures of PussyBoy: First Love / Sick / First Period – Screened at many queer film and video festivals, First Love won the Charles Street Award for emerging video and film makers in 2002 at the InsideOut Festival.
  • Audrey's Beard – Named one of the top ten films about transitioning by Curve magazine.
  • 5 Seconds of Fame – Commissioned by Toronto's Pride Committee for Pride Toronto, 2007.
  • My Friend, Brindley – Works in progress; experimental doc about human rights activist and painter, Kathleen Brindley.
  • Darla's Goodbye – Short film based on a short story of the same name published in Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts.
  • Trans Cabaret: The Video

Films have been screened in Berlin, at the Entzaubert DIY queer film Festival and Amsterdam, where his animated trilogy about growing up Intersex/Trans/2Spirit won the Best Short/Audience favorite at the International Transgender Film Festival, TranScreen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Why be just one sex?" Maclean's, September 8, 2005.