About Carmen (from her website carmenaguirre.ca)
Carmen Aguirre is an author, actor, and playwright. She was born in Santiago, Chile to parents who were teachers and activists. Her parents were supporters of Allende, and went into exile after Pinochet’s coup. Carmen was six years old when her family fled the country in December of 1973, three months after Allende’s overthrow. Her family landed in California and then made their way by land to Vancouver, Canada, where they were accepted as political refugees.
Carmen has written and co-written twenty-five plays. Carmen’s first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, about her experiences in the Chilean resistance, was published in 2011 in North America and the United Kingdom, and was translated into Dutch and Finnish. The book will soon be published in Chile in translation by LOM Ediciones. Something Fierce received rave reviews on the international stage, won CBC Canada Reads in 2012, was nominated for several national and international awards, and is a #1 national bestseller.
Carmen’s second memoir, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution, a sequel to the first, in which she explores healing from PTSD, was published in April in North America and the United Kingdom. It landed on the Globe and Mail’s, The Ottawa Citizen’s, Quill & Quire’s, and 49th Shelf’s most anticipated books of 2016 lists.
Carmen is a proud member Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, The Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Union of B.C. Performers/Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. She is the recipient of the 2014 10 Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, the 2014 Latincouver Inspirational Latin Award for Achievement in Arts and Culture, the 2012 Outstanding Alumna Award from Langara College, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 1993Anthony Golland Award, presented by ACTRA.
Carmen lives in Vancouver. Her favourite pastime is salsa dancing.