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haui™ is an award-winning mixed-media artist who eschews categorization. over the past decade, haui has amassed a diverse body of work synthesized of theatre, dance, opera, film, and visual arts. his art is diverse, like his dna exploring themes of race, gender, and sexual orientation, bridging the gap between art and activism, and shining light on forgotten narratives relegated to the peripheries of history. haui has worked with leading arts organizations, including the canadian opera company, cbc, aptn, the stratford festival, shaw festival, and is part of the young vic creators program in the uk. his work to date includes directing (stage x screen), designing (video projections x visual arts), and devising (playwrighting x poetry x producing x performing). career highlights have included directing his feature film debut mixedup, with trans filmmaker jack fox and with the largest lgbtq+ network outtv. upcoming projects include directing, designing, and producing "private flowers," a site-specific dance installation at toronto's national historic site fort york, and writing and directing "aportia chryptych: a black opera for portia white" at the canadian opera company in 2024.  the show not only honours canada's first african nova scotian to achieve international fame but also represents a groundbreaking milestone in canadian opera. including the first black stage director, librettist, composer, ensemble, costume, and sound designer, this production promises to be a truly unique and unforgettable experience celebrating diversity. upcoming haui will be the artist-in-residence for the city of guelph. haui was the 2023 recent graduate award winner from toronto metropolitan university.

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Haui wins the Jack King Award
MixedUp is the Best Feature Documentary winner at the Windrush FIlm Festival
MixedUp wins Best Film from ByBlacks
ByBlacks Best Director Winner
META Nominee
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Best Music Video LA Shorts Competition
Newton Award Shaw Festival
C'est Moi Best Doc Short
Raymond Clarke Award
C'est Moi Best Director
Best Doc Short C'est Moi
Passion Play Dora Award


"his insights and commitment to creativity and storytelling were invaluable to the continuity of the work we were doing."

tantoo cardinal, activist and actor

"howard, or "haui," as he positions himself, is a highly intelligent, witty, and talented artist with a huge repertoire of skills...this is an exceptionally professional young man who will make his name, and soon, with a vengeance. his talents are wide-ranging– and unique." 

martha henry; order of canada, order of on; hon lld, phd, dhum, dfa. 

creative manager


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