Valerie Sing Turner
Abstaining from politics is like turning your back on a beast when it is angry and intent on ripping your guts out. Taiaiake Alfred, Kanien''kehaka (Mohawk)
Valerie Sing Turner is a theatre artist based in Vancouver who performs, writes, directs, and produces. With the support of a BC Arts Council Creative Writers grant, she is currently artist-in-residence with the National Arts Centre (English Theatre), developing her untitled WWII veterans play that centres on three generations of an Indigenous/Chinese-Canadian family. A former artist-in-residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and associate artist with urban ink productions, she is a recipient of the Enbridge playRites Award for Emerging Canadian Playwright for her interdisciplinary play, Confessions of the Other Woman, which was co-directed by Diane Roberts and Gerry Trentham for its 2012 premiere, and co-produced by Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, urban ink, and her own company, Visceral Visions. A professional actor for 20 years, Valerie performs onstage and onscreen, and has voiced animation as well as CBC radio dramas and short-story narration.
A freelance writer and editor, her work has appeared in alt.theatre and ricepapermagazines, as well as various online publications; her critical essay, The Danger of a Single Story, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of theCanadian Theatre Review. She currently provides consulting story editor services for a Hong-Kong-based NGO that produces telenovelas in Asia, which are specifically structured to embed social justice issues that measurably and positively change audience behaviour.
Valerie was one of two Canadians invited to train with the prestigious Suzuki Company of Toga (Japan) in 2014. Her varied artistic background also includes a Bachelor of Music degree (Distinguished Honours, University of Victoria), extensive voice training with David Smukler (including Canada''s National Voice Intensive in 2004 and the inaugural Advanced Program in 2011), plus decades of body work encompassing studio dance, yoga, and pilates.