Daniel MacIvor was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1962. He is a stalwart of the Canadian theatre scene, having written and directed numerous award-winning productions.
Daniel's plays include See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, 2-2-Tango, This Is A Play, The Soldier Dreams, You
Are Here, How It Works, A Beautiful View, Communion, Bingo! and his work has been
translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. From 1987 to
2007 with Sherrie Johnson he ran da da kamera, a respected international touring company which brought his work to Australia, the UK and extensively throughout the US and Canada. With long time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he created the solo performances House, Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac and This is What Happens Next.
Daniel won a GLAAD Award and a Village Voice Obie Award in 2002 for his play In On It, which was presented at PS 122 in New York. His play Marion Bridge received its off- Broadway premiere in New York in October of 2005. In 2006, Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You. In 2007, his
play His Greatness won the Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play in Vancouver. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch prize in Theatre.
Also a filmmaker, Daniel has written and directed the feature films Past Perfect, Wilby Wonderful and the short films Permission and Until I Hear From You, and he is the writer of the feature films Trigger, Marion Bridge and co-writer (with Amnon Buchbinder) of Whole New Thing.
Currently, Daniel divides his time between Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia and he is
playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.
Playwright and former politician Wendy Lill has written extensively for radio, magazines, film, and television.
Wendy's work has resulted in two ACTRA awards, a Golden Sheaf award (for her film Ikwe), a New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Award in 2011 (Backbencher) and four nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (The Occupation of Heather Rose, All Fall Down, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, and Corker.) Chimera, her first play since leaving politics, premiered at the Tarragon Theatre. She created and was head writer for the award winning CBC Radio Series Backbencher (2009-2011).
Lill was born in Vancouver and grew up in London, Ontario. She completed a B.A. in political science at Toronto’s York University. She lived in Winnipeg from 1979 until 1984; during this time she began writing plays and developed a productive association with Prairie Theatre Exchange and its artistic director, Kim McCaw. In 1988, Lill moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and continued to write for theatre. She is a co-founder of the Eastern Front Theatre Company, in Dartmouth (1993). In 1997, Lill was elected as a Member of Parliament (NDP) for Dartmouth. She was re-elected in 2000 for a second term.
Norm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright, and he is also one of the most prolific and most produced of all Canadian playwrights.
Halifax Chronicle-Herald columnist Ron Foley writes “Foster’s stage writing remains one of Canada’s greatest theatrical treasures”, and The Calgary Herald describes him as ‘one of the funniest writers of intelligent comedy in Canadian theatre today’. Mr. Foster has close to fifty plays to his credit including The Foursome, The Melville Boys, Drinking Alone, Wrong For Each Other, The Love List, Outlaw, Skin Flick, Old Love, Mrs. Parliament's Night Out, Hilda's Yard and Mending Fences. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for his play, The Melville Boys.
Wanda Graham lives in Sambro, Nova Scotia and has a BA from Dalhousie University (Acting) and a Master of Fine Arts (Playwriting) from York University, Toronto.
Wanda is a Chalmers’ Award winner for her work as an actress at the Stratford Festival, Ontario and a Stage Door Award winner for her work at Blyth Festival, Ontario. For five years she was Artistic Director of Stage East Theatre, Halifax and is the founder and Honourary Lifetime Member of Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre. She was presented with the first Established Artist Recognition Award (Theatre) by the province of Nova Scotia and she was invited to the first Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Unit. Other playwright residencies include, Neptune Theatre, Halifax and Mulgrave Theatre, Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Her first TV documentary, MILITARY WIVES shut out shut up shut down premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival. Her screenplay WALL OF SILENCE won the Linda Joy-CBC Prize at the Atlantic Film Festival. Her radio documentary LOST IN THE MUSIC was nominated by CBC for an Atlantic Journalism Award. Her plays have had dozens of premières in Atlantic Canada and have been featured in Toronto, Montreal, Blyth Festival, Saskatchewan, Boston, Copenhagen and the Women Playwright’s International Conference, Sweden.
Kent Stetson, C. M., is a Governor General's Literary Award Laureate, as well as a Member of the Order of Canada.
The Prince Edward Island-born playwright, director and novelist developed as a dramatist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before moving to Montreal in 1989, where he became a full-time writer. His GG-winning tragedy in three acts for fifteen men, "The Harps of God," a work which raised the bar for Canadian play-writing to a new level, is said to be the single best play ever written about Canada. (Montreal Gazette, 2005) Mr. Stetson recently published his first work of prose fiction, "The World Above the Sky." Of the novel, former CNN producer/anchor, and critic for The Village Voice, Porter Anderson said: “One welcome, hard fact is that The World Above the Sky is Stetson's debut as a novelist. Stetson... who's no slouch in the dreaming department, may in fact remind some here of a latter-day J.R.R. Tolkien. ... The World Above the Sky charts an arduous journey through Nature-gone-unnatural ... The reddened sands and foaming seas of his constructs churn into a phosphorescent cosmos of grace.” This first-contact novel set in 1398 on the east coast of present-day Canada is the first in a trilogy associating First Nations and European cosmologies, and was conceived as a template for observing the contemporary Canadian consciousness. Mr. Stetson's work as mentor, educator and arts activist takes him across Canada and abroad. “He remains an inspiration for writers, actors and artistic leaders in Canada and internationally.” (Order of Canada Citation, Rideau Hall, 2007)
Anne Chislett’s plays have been widely produced across Canada, the United States, and Japan.
Anne Chislett's Amish play, Quiet in the Land (Blyth Festival, 1981) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the Chalmers Award, and has become a classic of modern Canadian theatre.Anne Chislett's plays include A Summer Burning (Blyth, 1977); The Tomorrow Box (Kawartha Summer Theatre, 1980), which won the Best Production Award at the Hiroshima Festival; Another Season’s Promise (Blyth, 1986), and a new sequel, Another Season’s Harvest, both written with Keith Roulston; Half a Chance (Lighthouse Festival, 1988); Yankee Notions (Blyth, 1992); No Sweat; The Perilous Pirate’s Daughter (written with David Archibald); and Glengarry School Days (Blyth, 1994), written with Janet Amos.
From 1998 to 2002 Anne was artistic director of the Blyth Festival, a theatre dedicated to new Canadian works which she co-founded in 1975.
Charlie Rhindress is a co-founder and former artistic director of Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick.
All eight of Charlie Rhindress' full-length plays have premiered at Live Bait. The Maritime Way of Life has been produced in all four Atlantic Canadian provinces and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as best new play in 2000. he Maritime Way of Life was also published in Marigraph: Gauging the Tides of Drama from New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island (Playwrights Canada Press), an anthology of Maritime plays. After premiering at Live Bait, Flying On Her Own was produced by Neptune Theatre, and Home and Away, a musical about hockey co-written with Dean Burry, played at Theatre Orangeville. In addition to his full-length plays, Charlie has written over thirty dinner theatres with Karen Valanne and two plays for teens, which have been produced throughout North America. Charlie has also worked as an actor in film and at theatres across the country. He has directed at a number of East Coast theatres and served as director and dramaturge on Cathy Jones’s one-woman show, Me, Dad, and the Hundred Boyfriends.