LA born, Saskatchewan raised, Toronto based Raf Antonio is a queer Latinx multi-disciplinary artist. His play Salvador: A Latin-Canadian Fantasia made Raf the first winner of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award. Salvador also placed second in the Uprising National Playwriting Competition, received an honourable mention from the Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition, and was featured in The Frank Theatre’s annual national reading series Clean Sheets in Vancouver. One of Cahoots Theatre’s 30 x 30 artists in 2016/2017, Raf graduated to Artist-in-Residence in 2017/2018 thanks to the Ontario Arts Council. He is currently developing The Effeminates: A Queer Tale of Bloody Vengeance under the guidance of Artistic Director Marjorie Chan. After directing his first short film Atop Coat Mountain, Raf served as a story consultant on Teletoon series Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid which is currently available on YouTube. Most recently, Raf was a playwriting fellow at the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ+ Voices in Los Angeles.