Camille Intson (she/her) (b. 1997, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) is an award-winning artist and researcher whose practice spans writing, performance, music, new media, emerging technology, and speculative fiction.
As the Artistic Director of Pantheon Projects, a Tkaronto and Hamilton-based queer and feminist intermedial performance and new media collective, she creates research-based performance work that foregrounds the integration of emerging technologies into live performance, using transmedial methods of storytelling to create distinctly queer and feminist aesthetic experiences for new generation audiences. Although erratically multidisciplinary and form-fluid, Camille's works often touch on themes of queer femme intimacy and futurity, the impact of emerging technologies on human relationships, and adaptations and transformations of the "human" subject in an increasingly technological world.
I. ACADEMIC RESEARCH
Camille is a current PhD student, researcher, and educator within the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, Knowledge Media Design Institute, and Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Her academic research comes generously funded by a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D) Award, and she currently works as a Research Assistant at the Sexual Representation Collection under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Keilty. Camille is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London, United Kingdom)'s MA Performance Practice as Research programme, and Western University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
II. PERFORMANCE & NEW MEDIA WRITING
As a playwright and theatre maker, Camille’s works have been called “tragic and daring… theatre that sets itself apart” (Steel City Girl), praised for their “high-concept premise[s]” (CBC), “tight, powerful, and inherently theatrical” (View Magazine) texts, and stylized physical realizations. Most recently, her play We All Got Lost won the 2021 Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights (issued by the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada) after winning the 2019 Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest, Best in Fringe, and Best in Venue awards. Other recent projects include the 2021 New Media Prize shortlisted betweenspace (2020 Brink Festival) and Patchface with Allswell Productions, supported by the Ontario and London Arts Councils. Her plays have received development and/or support from Tarragon Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Pat The Dog Theatre Creation, Theatre Aquarius, the Grand Theatre London, the TAP Centre for Creativity, the Paprika Festival, the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, and the Hamilton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. Camille’s other produced works include Road (Winner of the 2017 NNPF National Playwriting Competition; Official Selection for the Grand Theatre London’s 2017 Playwrights’ Cabaret), Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos (Winner of the 2018 Lillian Kroll Prize for Creative Writing; prod. Alumnae Theatre, dev. Tinkerspace Theatre), The Last 48 and The Stock (ArtLaunch Theatre Co.; with producer-collaborator Rafaella Rosenberg) and Adrik’s Story: Scenes from Chechnya, Russia (ArtLaunch with Upside Down Point). Her latest play JANE. — a speculative fiction drama about virtual reality deepfake pornography — is currently in development with support from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. As an intermedial practitioner-researcher, she takes a keen interest in virtual and mixed reality performances. A graduate of the acclaimed Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, her training includes The Actors Centre London, City Academy London, Theatre Aquarius Theatre School, and additional masterclasses with the École Jacques Lecoq, Fool at Heart School of Sacred Clowning, Digital Catapult (Virtual Reality), Theatre Ontario’s Stratford Summer Theatre Intensive (2018 Youth Scholarship Recipient), Director’s Lab North, and the Toronto Fringe’s TENT Program, among others.
III. ALTERNATIVE FOLK MUSIC
Beyond her theatre and performance work, Camille frequently creates and performs original queer-feminist alternative folk music under the pseudonym “Camie.” Her 2021 EP troubadour (produced by Mike “TOMPA”) was released to critical acclaim and premiere features from media outlets including Indie88, Canadian Beats, Music Mecca Nashville, Next Magazine, the Toronto Guardian, Divine Magazine, and the Hamilton Spectator. Camille’s music education includes vocal training (Cydney Speers) and 10 years of classical harp education with the Suzuki School. In early 2022, Camille and TOMPA will begin work on their next collaborative project, supported by FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council.
Camille currently resides in Tkaronto (Toronto) on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, covered by the Dish With One Spoon Territory. She lives with her grumpy kitten Leo and can be found everywhere on the internet at @thecamiliad, or right here at camilleintson.com.