an overview of the artist/creator behind aureus creative
Leon Aureus is a multidisciplinary artist and community leader: an actor, writer, designer, producer and filmmaker (and a dragon).
He is the current Artistic Producer of Carlos Bulosan Theatre, a Filipino-Canadian theatre company based in Toronto.
This summer, he’s honoured to be a City Curator for NextDayBetter a culture platform that builds and activates diaspora communities to create a better future via events such as a global speaker series and hackathons. Click here for more information on the upcoming Toronto event.
He was also a founding member of fu-GEN Theatre Company where he served as Artistic Director and Artistic Producer.
Select theatre acting credits include: Oy! Just Beat it!, Aisha ‘n Ben (Theatre Ji); In the Shadow of Elephants, People Power (Carlos Bulosan Theatre/CBT); a nanking winter (Nightwood Theatre); Singkil (fu-GEN Theatre Company – receiving a Dora award nomination for Outstanding Performance) and Yogyakarta (Absit Omen/Bell Tower Theatre).
As a playwright, Leon adapted the novel Banana Boys by Terry Woo for the stage (and it will be produced by Factory Theatre this upcoming November). He also co-wrote the plays People Power and In the Shadow of Elephants with the CBT Collective. Banana Boys was published by Playwright’s Canada Press and is also included in Love + Relasianships: A Collection of Contemporary Asian-Canadian Drama. Volume 2. Monologues from the play will also be included in the upcoming book of monologues, His (ECW Press).
Leon’s television credits include Covert Affairs, Flashpoint, Dan for Mayor, The Border, Mayday and Breakout Kings.
He also acted opposite Academy and Tony Award winning actress, Marcia Gay Harden, in the feature film, If I Were You.
As a graphic designer, Leon has had the privilege to design work for many organizations including: Native Earth Performing Arts, Factory Theatre, Playwright’s Canada Press, Cahoots Theatre Company, Diaspora Dialogues, the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Theatre Journal.
Also a filmmaker, his short film, Friends Like These was nominated for Best Canadian Short at the 2002 ReelWorld Film Festival. His film The Commute was an official selection of the 2010 Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) and 2011 Everyday Heroes Film Festival, where it was awarded the top prize in the New Ideas category. He most recently directed a music video for the band 30 Frames which will premiere in Autumn 2015.