haui is a mixed media artist who eschews categorization. his art is mixed, like his dna. he has worked in directing, design, visual arts, and performance for some of canada's leading arts organizations, including cbc, the luminato festival, the stratford festival of canada, canadian opera company, national arts centre, shaw festival, and black theatre workshop. his work explores race, gender, and orientation themes, telling stories relegated to the peripheries of history while blurring lines between theatrical mediums synthesized from many art forms. career highlights include assistant directing the national arts centre and canadian opera company's production of harry somer's louis riel for canada's sesquicentennial celebration. he was also assistant producer, stills photographer & epk creator for marie clements' feature debut red snow available on cbc gem. in addition, his award-winning internationally screened short film c'est moi has screened at some of the leading black film festivals worldwide, including vues d'afrique, montreal black film festival, and britain's black international film festival. he recently released his feature film debut mixed (mixedup) produced with jack fox and in association with outtv. the film has won byblacks people's choice award for best film, best feature film documentary at the windrush generation, and is gearing up for its international festival circuit. stir magazine called the film "a bold mix of documentary, confessional, strident manifesto, and arthouse experiment. it defies categorization, a lot like the artist at its centre." he is currently creating a new operatic work based on nova scotia contralto portia white supported by the canada council for the arts, ontario arts council, and canadian opera company. he is also developing a new television series with sharada eswar and alison wong supported by mongrel media and crows theatre. haui is an artist-in-residence wildeed blacks arts fellowship - a twenty-month residency with black lives matter - toronto, bridging arts and advocacy. he is the winner of the byblacks peoples choice award for best director in 2018 & 2020, a dora award-winning performer, a montreal english theatre award nominee for best contribution to theatre, and the 2021 recipient of the jack king award from the associated designers of canada. 

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

testimonials

"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. 

 

"haui's voice is layered: as male, as queer, as mixed-race, as black, as curious. his scope is vast: as director, as actor, as visual artist, as interpreter....his questions are endless. we need his art, his artistry and his voice." 

kimberley rampersad, associate artistic director, the shaw festival of canada

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