Artistic Director: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Mercedes Bátiz-Benét is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and award-winning director. She was born and raised in Mexico and in 1997 she moved to Canada. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing in both poetry and drama, and a BA Honours in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Film Production from the Pacific Film & New Media Academy. Approaching expression from as many angles as possible, she has worked as writer, dramaturge, theatre director, translator, adapter, actor, puppeteer, multi-media artist, screenwriter, film and video editor, cinematographer, and director. Productions of her work include Faust: Ignis Fatuus (FaustFest International Festival), Shining Through, Lágrimas Crueles (Teatro Salvador Novo in Mexico City), With Open Arms, El Jinete - A Mariachi Opera, Cruel Tears/Lágrimas Crueles, a Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and Puente Theatre co-production, and as co-writer, The Secret Sorrow of Hatchet Jack Macphee for The Caravan Farm Theatre in BC, The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, The Umbrella, an Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Puente Theatre co-production, and Puente Theatre’s Gruff. Her latest film credit, camera and cinematography, is for the 2012 Juno Award winning feature-length documentary about the singer/songwriter Feist, Look At What The Light Did Now (Revolver Films 2010). In 2014, Mercedes won the Canadian Stage Award for Direction at the SummerWorks Festival with her play El Jinete - A Mariachi Opera, and in February of this year she was chosen as the Distinguished Alumna of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. She is the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction editor at Bayeux Arts, and the artistic director of Puente Theatre.