Carmen Aguirre was born 1967 in Santiago de Chile and grew up with her family in exile in Canada. She is an actress, writer and playwright and teaches at the Vancouver Film School. Her book “Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter” (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 2011), describes her family's flight to Canada. It won the 2012 Competition “Canada Reads” from CBC Radio. Aguirre has written more than twenty plays. She lives in Vancouver.