Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based theatre artist and author. She has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Blue Box, The Trigger, and Chile Con Carne, and has eighty film, television, and stage acting credits. Her second memoir, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution was published in April 2016 to outstanding reviews in Canada and the United Kingdom, is a Globe and Mail bestseller and a CBC Best Book of 2016.
Her first book, the critically-acclaimed Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won CBC Canada Reads 2012 and is a #1 national bestseller. She is currently working on a new play entitled Anywhere But Here and a novel called Three Virgins. In her latest play, Broken Tailbone, featuring herself and dj Don Pedro, she teaches the audience how to dance salsa while weaving stories of the history of Latinx dance halls in Canada. Broken Tailbone will receive its west coast premiere at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre this coming season.
Carmen is the recipient of the Hispanic Business Alliance’s 2014 Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, Latincouver’s 2014 Most Inspirational Latin Award, the 2014 Betty Mitchell Outstanding Actor Award for her work in Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Motherfucker with The Hat, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumna Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers’ Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 New Play Centre Award for Best New Play, for The Refugee Hotel. Carmen is a graduate of Studio 58.