Biography

Born, raised and based in Vancouver, Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His plays, which include Broken, Crossing, Claire and Motifs & Repetitions, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. Recent work includes his play for young audiences, People Like Vince, which was commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre and toured BC, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and his latest play, Falling in Time, which premiered in Vancouver in November 2011, was published by Scirocco Drama/J Gordon Shillingford in 2012 and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. He is currently Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.

 

“Gatchalian is well on his way to making his mark in contemporary drama.”

—Charlie Cho, CBC Radio

“Gatchalian creates a one-act play so sexual, so violent and so sexually violent that it could encompass the decades-long traumas of an octogenarian. If a writer expunges demons by putting them down on paper, Gatchalian’s young soul must now be clean as a whistle. … Claire is evidence of greater, and no doubt even more disturbing, things to come from the writer.”

—Vancouver Sun Theatre Critic Peter Birnie on Claire