Emilee Nimetz is a spoken-word performance artist, dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, poet, and a ukulele enthusiast. She is thrilled to be putting on her Bad Hat this year as Writer-in-Residence. As a graduate of Sheridan College's Musical Theatre Performance Program and the Banff Centre's Spoken Word Residency, she has performed as a spoken word poet and actor across Canada and the US. Her training spans many different disciplines and includes Cecchetti Ballet, Fosse Jazz, Tap, Clown, Character Mask, Shakespeare, Viewpoints, Suzuki Method, Aerial acrobatics, and more. She is the author and solo artist of the forthcoming play, How To Build a Home. Some favourite credits include Metamorphoses (Theatre Sheridan), Pippin (Theatre Sheridan), Aleck Bell: Canada's Pop Rock Musical! (Tweed & Co. Theatre) and playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Theatre Sheridan). As a poet, Emilee was Vancouver's Individual Poetry Slam Champion in 2014, a finalist in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2015. She was a featured poet at the 2016 Vancouver International Writer's Festival, facilitates writing workshops for youth in the Greater Vancouver Area through a collective called Wordplay. Emilee's work has been featured on Button Poetry and Best of Button.