Jackie Torrens is an award-winning writer, actor, director, documentary filmmaker, and journalist. With producer Jessica Brown, she is a co-partner in Peep Media Inc. Their documentaries for CBC, the Documentary Channel, and Bravofactual include Edge of East, My Week on Welfare, Small Town Show Biz, and Bernie Langille Wants To Know Who Killed Bernie Langille (winner Best Short Film, Best Director Screen Nova Scotia Awards). Outside of Peep Media, Torrens has directed two documentary films for Telltale Productions: Free Reins (CBC POV) and the feature Radical Age (Vision).
Other projects include a lead role in Thom Fitzgerald's mini-series Sex and Violence. For her work on S&V, Torrens was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and an Actra Award for Best Actress in a Drama.
She has been a regular contributor and guest host for CBC Radio. Her CBC radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now Radio - about a poet in jail for 2nd-degree murder - which won the Atlantic Journalism Award for Best Feature Writing. Her documentary about miniaturists called Camp Mini Ha Ha won a CBC Award of Excellence.
Her play Live! Nude! Animal! - which she also performed - was filmed for the Bravo! Channel. Stage acting credits include Hamlet in Below the Salt's production at Neptune Theatre. Also, Jennifer/Lillian/Rachel in Morris Panych's 7 Stories and Liz from Daniel MacIvor's A Beautiful View. She played Lìl Molly in the gothic Montreal musical Haunted Hillbilly (SideMart Theatrical Grocery).
Her monologues have been published in Rattling the Stage, and She Speaks! Several of her plays have been nominated for Robert Merritt awards.