athena kaitlin trinh
athena kaitlin trinh is a settler in Tkaronto, on the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. She is a Dora nominated acting graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada and the 2021 recipient of the Jon Kaplan Award for Young Canadian Playwright. She is a queer, Chinese-Vietnamese actor, writer, and spoken-word poet. With roots stemming from Viet Nam, Toronto, and Southern China, athena celebrates and dedicates herself to diverse, intersectional, and inclusionary art-making.
athena first began building her relationship with Roseneath Theatre when she attended Earl Haig Secondary School, where she was directed by Andrew Lamb in a school production of Guys and Dolls. Since then, Andrew has been a fierce ally and constant cheerleader in athena’s career and life. A dynamic duo, some would say it was always in the cards for the two to be Artistic Co-Conspirators.
Roseneath is thrilled to have athena join the team as their first Associate Artistic Director. athena was one of the last artists to work with Roseneath before the pandemic hit with the Saskatchewan tour of Outside in March 2020, and one of the first artists to return for live performances as part of Dream in High Park with Canadian Stage in July 2021. athena's first professional contract after graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada was with Roseneath on the premiere production of Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls by Dave Deveau, for which she received a Dora Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She has led youth artistic camps for Roseneath’s Family Programs, performed in the most recent tour of Outside by Paul Dunn, took on the role of Assistant Director as part of the remount of LGBG with Canadian Stage, and directed the workshop of Roseneath’s new high school play called, No Big Deal by Michael Kras.
As an emerging artist, athena is excited to continue her journey with Roseneath and is grateful for the opportunity of flexibility, stability, and artistic growth. As Associate Artistic Director, athena hopes to bring her unique perspective, light, and love to all projects, artists, and scripts. She will continue her work as a freelance actor, director, and writer; inspired to bring these experiences to the table every day.
Film: The Acrylic/Daniel J. Pike;County House Productions, Language/Elizabeth Lazebnik;Per Speculum Productions
Theatre: Portia’s Julius Caesar/Eva Barrie;Hart House Theatre, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls/Andrew Lamb;Roseneath Theatre, Outside/Andrew Lamb;Roseneath Theatre
Associate Artistic Director