Among Aguirre's feature credits are a lead role in Quinceañera, winner of both the 2006 Grand Jury and Audience awards at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and a principal role in Christopher Guest's award winning comedy hit Best In Show.
Born in Chile, Aguirre and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada as political refugees after the infamous Pinochet coup of 1973. She studied acting at Vancouver's esteemed Studio 58. Returning to South America in 1979, the family was not allowed back into Chile and Aguirre subsequently became active in the Chilean resistance . Her autobiographical memoir Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter will be published in Canada in May 2011 by Douglas & McIntyre and also in the UK by Granta/Portobello.
An accomplished playwright and performer, Aguirre has an extensive background in theatre in Canada, Los Angeles and South America. She has written and co-written 18 plays and has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize, the biggest award in Canadian theatre. Currently, she is playwright in residence for Victoria, B.C.'s Belfry Theatre, where she is writing her play The Tina Modotti Project.
Aguirre also directed her most recent play, The Refugee Hotel, nominated for a 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award, published by Talon Books. The world premiere of Aguirre's latest one-woman show Blue Box is slated to open at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 2012 and tour to the Magnetic North Festival in Calgary that same year.
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