Erum Khan is a performer, film and theatre maker, youth facilitator, and film programmer. She is currently the Artistic Associate at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. She was the recent recipient of the Urjo Kareda Research grant from Tarragon Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Queer Emerging Artist Award, and a selected artist for the inaugural edition of the Loughborough Lake Writer's Retreat with Crow’s Theatre and Mongrel Media.
In film, Erum has worked as a programmer at the Rendezvous With Madness Festival as well as being a pre-screener for the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and the 2017 Festival Programming Intern at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her short films have premiered at The Toronto Queer Film Festival, Breakthroughs Festival, The Toronto Independent Film Festival and The Rendezvous With Madness Festival. She was a playwright with Nightwood Theatre’s Write From The Hip program, a co-facilitator of the TD Emerging Creators Unit at Paprika, as well as leading the Emerging Creators Unit & Emerging Artist Producers Series at Buddies In Bad Times. Her play Noor, directed by Erin Brubacher with original music by LAL and Anwar Khurshid, was presented at The Aga Khan Museum.
Erum’s past and current playwright/collaborator/creator credits include: Noor (Generous Friend/The Aga Khan Museum), elephant (bluemouth inc.), patthar ki zabaan (Rhubarb Festival), Talk To Me (Generous Friend), and Becoming (Ottawa Fringe Festival, Rhubarb Festival). Erum was a performer and original collaborator in the world premier production of Concord Floral (Brubacher/Spooner/Tanahill) presented at The Theatre Centre and then went on to be the Assistant Director for the piece at Canadian Stage and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Much of her community-engaged work is underscored by a commitment to create space for youth to access and engage with the arts.