Camille Intson is an award-winning Esto-Canadian writer, media artist, and multidisciplinary theatre and performance maker, currently based out of London, U.K.
"A young woman... with a real gift for narrative storytelling... with some real insight into the art of live performance."
- View Magazine
Photo by Rob Nelson
Camille makes research-based creative projects that question what it means to be human in a largely digital world and, more specifically, how digital culture impacts queer-female identities and sexualities. She is interested in technology’s impact on the humanities as a whole, and the literatures, hybrid performance works, and endless potentialities that can come therefrom. Camille prizes vulnerability, empathy, and openness as vital creative partners; her work is both personal and political, and aspires to dissolve boundaries between mediums.
Camille’s prize-winning work as a playwright has been produced and developed across Canada. Over the past few years, as Artistic Director of ad-hoc sister collectives ArtLaunch Theatre Company and Pantheon Projects, she has focused her creative energies on a series of experimental, interdisciplinary works which seek to challenge human agency and perception in an era of mass digitization. This has led her to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s MA in Performance Practice as Research, where her focus has been on collaborative intermedial performance between human and nonhuman entities.
She can be found everywhere on the internet at @camilleintson, or at camilleintson.com.
In 2017, at nineteen years of age, Camille experienced her first foray into the professional theatre world when her short play, Road, after being selected for development at The Grand Theatre London, won the first annual NNPF National Playwriting Competition and had premiere productions in Toronto, London, and Vancouver. That same year, she co-founded the Winnipeg-based theatrical productions collective, ArtLaunch Theatre Company, alongside her longtime creative partner, Raffie Rosenberg. ArtLaunch was mandated to create and produce high-tech, provocative works that challenge audiences' perceptions of human agency in an age of mass technological development. Their debut production, The Stock (written by Intson and inspired by the media's coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal), premiered to critical acclaim on the Fringe circuit. Later that year, the team was commissioned to create Adrik's Story: Scenes from Chechnya, Russia as an immersive fundraising piece for Rainbow Railroad.
In 2018, ArtLaunch premiered The Last 48 (also written by Intson) - an Orwellian-dystopian dark comedy about a band of young advertising agents thrown into a cut-throat competition by a snarky artificial intelligence system - on the Fringe circuit, which also opened to critical acclaim and sold out the entirety of its run. During this time, Camille also wrote and developed Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos (Winner of the 2018 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing), a show about photography, theoretical physics, and love across time and space, with Tinkerspace Theatre in London, ON. This short play had its full premiere at Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival in the spring. That summer, Camille studied with the Toronto Fringe's TENT program for emerging creative producers and received a Youth Summer Scholarship from Theatre Ontario, with which she studied playwriting in Stratford, mentored by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. That autumn, Camille was named Student Writer-in-Residence at Western University and was the first ever performance artist-in-residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity in London, Ontario.
In 2019, Camille focused her energies on live intermedial performance work via her residency at the TAP Centre. She premiered Objects: Portrait of a City in March and developed a show about technology, desire, and communication (entitled Patchface - an OAC Recommender Grants recipient) thereafter. At this time, she formed Pantheon Projects, her own ad-hoc, an experimental digimedia/performance company led by queer women. These things also preceded the release of her indie-folk LP (produced by John Petingalo of Smokey's Sound), Sharp Teeth. That summer, her play We All Got Lost - a show about a band of young queer Northern Ontarian women forming a storyteller's cult - was awarded with a New Play Contest, Best of Fringe, and Best of Venue win in Hamilton. Camille moved to London, U.K. that fall to study Performance Practice as Research at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Pre-COVID, Camille had the opportunity to study with the École Jacques Lecoq, Fool of Heart School of Sacred Clowning, City Academy London, and The Actors' Centre London. She is now focusing her energies on her Master's project, entitled betweenspace, which deals with new and digital materialist philosophies, and on a cross-collaborative digital media gallery entitled INTERMISSIONS.
Camille will begin her PhD at the University of Toronto, in Information and Knowledge Media Design, this September.