Joan MacLeod’s plays include Jewel, Toronto, Mississippi, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, The Hope Slide, Little Sister, 2000, The Shape of a Girl, Homechild, Another Home Invasion, The Valley, Gracie and a libretto for a chamber opera based on the children’s novel The Secret Garden. For seven seasons she was a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Her work has been translated into eight languages. She is the recipient of numerous awards including two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards, the Governor General’s Award and the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. Joan worked at the University of Victoria as a Professor in the Department of Writing for 15 years, retiring in 2019; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She also writes poetry, prose and for television. She is currently working on a collection of linked short stories.