Ophira, a white disabled femme presenting person with long curly hair, smiling slightly at the camera, in front of a wall painted with large pink, white, grey and blue flowers, elevated in their power wheelchair above two chairs on either side, tilted back with legs raised in a reclining position, wearing a silver sparkly shirt and a black leather jacket.
#HospitalChic by Ophira Calof
Hey everyone, and welcome to… #HospitalChic! Filled with satire, silliness and so much earnest eyebrow acting.
Inspired by my own experiences trying to be a perfect patient in an imperfect system, this makeover tutorial parody was originally developed through Generally Hospital, a sketch comedy revue that explored the human experiences inside a hospital, before being adapted into this short film.
Ophira Calof is a multi award winning Disabled writer, performer, and producer. Her work weaves together music, comedy, and storytelling, centring disability and chronic illness experience. They co-created the sketch comedy revue Generally Hospital (Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Patron’s Pick, David Seguin Memorial Award) and her solo show, Literally Titanium, was developed through the Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creator’s Unit before premiering at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival. Ophira graduated from Second City’s Writing and Sketch Conservatory programs, was featured in the Second City 2018 Toronto Diversity Fellowship Showcase, and is the 2018 recipient of the Tim Sims Encouragement Award. They also have an extensive background as a vocalist, training through the University of British Columbia’s opera performance program, completing Berklee Music Online’s songwriting specialist certificate. Select credits include: TallBoyz on CBC (Seasons 1 and 2), Slumber Party (Bad Dog Comedy TV), Sex and SexAbility (Sick and Twisted Theatre) and her directorial debut, Group Message (Toronto SketchFest Film Festival 2019).