Quinsy Gario was born in Curaçao and raised in St. Maarten and the Netherlands. He studied theater, film and television studies at the Utrecht University with a focus on gender and postcolonial studies. He won the Hollandse Nieuwe 12 Theatermakers Prize 2011, the Issue Award 2014, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015 and was a finalist in the 2011 Dutch National Poetry Slam Championship. His most well known work ‘Zwarte Piet Is Racisme’ critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch figure of Black Pete which he followed up by bringing out into the open the governmental support that keeps the figure alive in the Netherlands. His latest focus is on state protection of the marginalized and political resistance as performance. Currently he is enrolled in the Master Artistic Research program at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.