After a shaky start in Vancouver in the year 2002, AQT Vancouver was able to pick up the pieces and develop new work for the stage, ran a writing contest and presented various public works until 2006. At this time, founder Terry Costa decided to amalgamate all his work under one umbrella, no matter of discipline or place where it was being produced and Mirateca Arts was born.
Amidst developing works with various Vancouver artists, AQT Vancouver sponsored and international writing contest for 3 years. The winners:
2005: Dreams by Rafael Dimaggio (Toronto, Canada)
One day - one night - one hour - one minute... Three friends learn the truth behind love, friendship and the sado-masochistic world of a futuristic Toronto City Hall.
2004: Gay! by Paulo Banderas (Toledo, Spain)
In the middle of the psalm, the 15 year old singer decided to tell the whole congregation he was gay. Church goers begin to learn more then they hoped for during Sunday mass.
2003: My Child by Ruth Fergie (Johannesburg, South Africa)
My Child is a collection of 14 short stories. A mother’s struggle. A small town eager to stone the unknown. A teenage boy who dreams of a better world. These three major characters create the scenario for the play; a child’s dream complete with the brutal reality of the streets juxtaposed with a fantasy world where mom is Mary Poppins. The journey is beyond belief. The stories are based on real life. The play was turned into a film.