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di Giovanni

David di Giovanni is a theatre director and creator. He holds an MFA in theatre directing from York University and alongside creative partner Amanda Cordner, he co-founded Madonnanera, a company invested in making outrageous and intersectional theatre. He has won awards for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Play, and Outstanding Production from NOW Magazine’s Best of SummerWorks. At the Inside Out Film Festival, di Giovanni and Cordner jointly won the Emerging Canadian Artist Award in recognition of their screen adaption of Body So Fluorescent. He lives in Toronto.

Award History

2023 Finalist

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers
for Body So Fluorescent

Jury Citation

Body So Fluorescent is a sharp, rousing intervention into issues of racism within queer communities. Rather than being didactic or scolding, the play illuminates the complexities of queer wellness, safety, chosen family, and self-expression without flinching. The text has a grounded lyricism that both elevates its moments and highlights how jarring ugliness can be when it inevitably arrives. By turns entertaining, titillating, and upsetting, Body So Fluorescent draws the reader into an examination of their own resistance to, or complicity with, the particularities of anti-Blackness in queer spaces.

Works recognized by WT