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  1. Damien Atkins

    Damien Atkins

    Actor and playwright Damien Atkins was born in Australia and grew up in Edmonton. He is the author and performer of two solo shows: miss chatelaine and Real Live Girl, as well as the full-length plays Good Mother and Lucy. He has been playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company and at the University of British Columbia and is the recipient of a Dora Award nomination for Best New Play for Lucy, a Sterling Award for miss chatelaine, and two Dora Awards for Real Live Girl. Damien is a member of the Theatrefront Ensemble and a guest instructor at the National Theatre School. He makes his home in Toronto. Learn More
  2. Daniel Brooks

    Daniel Brooks

    Daniel Brooks has worked as a director writer, actor, producer, and teacher. He is a mainstay of this country’s theatre, working with a network of Ontario-based writers, playwrights, and directors who virtually define the current scene (Guillermo Verdecchia, Daniel MacIvor, and John Mighton among them). He has been co-director of the Augusta Company and da da kamera, and playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. He is currently Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre Company.

    Among his works as a writer are The Return of Pokey Jones (Poor Alex Theatre, 1985), The Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Verdecchia, Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1992), The Lorca Play (with MacIvor, Theatre Centre, 1992), Here Lies Henry (with MacIvor, Buddies in Bad Times, 1996), and Insomnia (with Verdecchia, Theatre Centre, 1997).

    He has also directed several works, notably MacIvor’s House (1992), Mighton’s Possible Worlds (1998), Faust (Tarragon Theatre, 1999), Soulpepper’s production of Becket’s Endgame (1999), and Mighton’s Half Life.

    Daniel has won several awards, including the Chalmers (for Noam Chomsky, Here Lies Henry, House), the Dora Mavor Moore Award three times for directing, the Edinburgh Fringe First Award (Here Lies Henry); and has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award (Noam Chomsky). In October 2000, he won the Capital Critics Circle Award for his direction of Possible Worlds. In October 2001, he received the first Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

    Daniel has also worked in film, notably with Bruce McDonald (whose film Highway 61 was inspired by Pokey.)

    His highly innovative work has travelled across Canada and around the world. He is married to Jennifer Ross. They have two daughters, and live in Toronto.

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  3. Darrell Dennis

    Darrell Dennis

    Darrell Dennis is a First Nations writer from the Shuswap Nation in the interior of British Columbia. His short stories have been published in periodicals across the country. His work has also been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Darrell is a produced playwright and an award-winning writer for television. His script Moccasin Flats was an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was later turned into a series for the Showcase Network. His one man show, Tales of an Urban Indian, was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards: Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by a Male. Darrell is currently working on a novel, a collection of short stories, a feature film script, and is writing for several television series. Learn More
  4. Daryl Cloran
  5. David Carley

    David Carley

    Dave Carley is a Toronto-based playwright who writes for theatre, radio and television. His stage plays have had more than three hundred productions across Canada, the US, and in a dozen countries around the world. They include Conservatives in Love, The Edible Woman, Walking on Water, and Writing With Our Feet, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. Dave is currently playwright-in-residence at the Shaw Festival, where he is working on a drama about Danish playwright and war hero Kaj Munk. In July 2008, Dave made his directing debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival, with his play Taking Liberties. Learn More
  6. David Copelin

    David Copelin

    David Copelin has worked across the continent as a resident dramaturge in several not-for-profit theatres, as a theatre professor, and as a story consultant for Warner Bros. Pictures in New York. His adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi was staged by Allen MacInnes at the Shaw Festival in 1990. David’s book Practical Playwriting was published in 1998. From 1999 to 2003, David served as Artistic Director of ScriptLab. Trained at Yale Drama School, he has been a dramaturge for many individual playwrights through his scriptwriting seminars in Toronto and at Brock University. His short plays Mind over Matter, Vandals, Quite Contrary, and A Clean Breast have been produced in various venues. David is a voting member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He is also a former chair of the Public Lending Right Commission in Ottawa. A founding member and former president of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, David is currently writing The Rabbi of Ragged Ass Road, a comic fantasy set in Yellowknife. He lives in Toronto. Learn More
  7. David S. Craig

    David S. Craig

    David S. Craig is one of Canada’s most prolific and successful dramatists. He has written 29 professionally produced dramatic works including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home and the internationally acclaimed Danny, King of the Basement. David's work has won numerous awards including The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production (three times), the Chalmers New Play Award (three times), the Rideau Award, The Canada Council Prize, The Writer’s Guild Prize for Radio Drama and a Geoffrey. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named David, “One of Canada’s Top Twenty Playwrights.” For more information on his work go to: www.davidscraig.com.

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  8. Donna Coates

    Donna Coates

    Donna Coates is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand women's literary responses (fiction and drama) to the First and Second World Wars, and to the Vietnam War in Australia. Learn More
  9. Doug Curtis

    Doug Curtis

    A writer and director, Doug founded Ghost River Theatre in 1999, with the intention of creating new Canadian performance theatre that combined music, storytelling, and collaboration. Learn More
  10. Douglas Bowie

    Douglas Bowie

    Raised in Ottawa, Douglas Bowie fell into a writing career when he entered a CBC TV contest on a whim while working for a local ad agency. His teleplay, Who Was the Lone Ranger?, won a top prize, and launched a thirty-year career, during which he has written a wide range of film and TV dramas. These include The Man Who Wanted To Be Happy, The Newcomers, The Boy in Blue (starring Nicolas Cage), Obsessed, the mini-series Chasing Rainbows, the Gemini Award-winning Love and Larceny, Grand Larceny, and the Christmas perennial Must Be Santa (starring Dabney Coleman). He won an ACTRA Award for the hit CBC miniseries Empire, Inc., and a Gemini Award for an outstanding body of work in television. He edited the book Best Canadian Screenplays, and added playwriting to his repertoire in the ’90s. His plays include the award-winning comedy The Noble Pursuit, !SGODSDOGS!, Goodbye Piccadilly, Love and Larceny (the musical), and Rope’s End. He lives in Kingston and is currently playwright-in residence at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Learn More

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