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  1. Florence Gibson MacDonald

    Florence Gibson MacDonald

    Born in Montreal and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, Florence has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and genetics and an M.D. She practiced medicine in the Arctic, Hong Kong and East Africa before returning to Canada to practice and write full-time. Her internationally-produced play Belle was short-listed for a British Council International Playwriting Award, nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and won a Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 2000. It received productions in London, England and was produced by The Julliard School at the Lincoln Centre, New York, in 2004. Home is My Road won the 2004 Carol Bolt National Award. Missing won the 2005 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award. i think i can, told through tap dance and co-created with choreographer Shawn Byfield, was nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won for Outstanding New Musical in 2007. How Do I Love Thee? premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2010 and was nominated for a Betty Award for best new play. A subsequent production by Canadian Rep was nominated for five Dora Awards and was also featured at Moses Znaimer’s Ideacity in 2015. Her play Augury won the 2009 ATP/Enbridge Playwrights Award. Florence has written for CBC Radio (Missing You, Love, and A Recipe For Tomato Butter) She is currently working on her play Love Handles, her one-woman show that received a Herman Voaden Award honourable mention, and her novel My Heart and I.

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  2. Denyse Lynde

    Denyse Lynde

    Denyse Lynde is the editor of Playwrights Canada Press's volume one, two and three of The Breakwater of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays and Voices from the Landwash. She writes, researches and publishes on Newfoundland and Labrador theatre and culture. STAGE can be viewed at www.youtube.com/stageprojectmun. She is presently working on a monogram on the Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Learn More
  3. Debbie Nyman

    Debbie Nyman

    Debbie Nyman is an instructor of the Dramatic Arts Additional Qualifications program at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She was a classroom dramatic arts teacher and instructional leader with the Toronto District School Board for several years. Debbie has written documents and resources at the board and ministry levels and is the co-author of Drama Schemes, Themes and Dreams (Pembroke Publishers).

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  4. Daniel MacIvor

    Daniel MacIvor

    Daniel MacIvor has written many plays, including See Bob Run, Never Swim Alone, In On It, A Beautiful View, His Greatness, and with Daniel Brooks created a series of solo shows that have toured extensively internationally. Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You and he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in 2008. He is also the recipient of an Obie Award and a GLAAD Award. He is currently based in Halifax, and is developing a new play for Tarragon Theatre called New Magic Valley Fun Town and working on the libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company.

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  5. Daniel Macdonald

    Daniel Macdonald

    Daniel Macdonald is a playwright, director, and educator. His plays have been produced and workshopped in Canada and the United States. Pageant premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival and has been produced in Regina, Fort MacMurray, and Austin, Texas. MacGregor's Hard Ice Cream and Gas premiered at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon and has been produced at Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg), Ship's Company (Nova Scotia), and Shadow Theatre (Edmonton). His play Velocity was part of the Lark Play Development Center's Playwrights Week 2007 in New York and was part of the Saskatchewan Spring Festival of New Plays. He has written several pieces with and for high school students including the dramas Waking and Tragedie. He also wrote several short pieces for the Globe Theatre's On the Line series (12 Menus, Negotiations). Macdonald is a recipient of the Regina Writer's Award and is a two time recipient of the SIMPIA (Saskatchewan) award for film acting. Daniel is past president of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre and has served on its board for eight years. He lives, writes, and teaches in Regina, Saskatchewan. Learn More
  6. Daniel Lillford

    Daniel Lillford

    Daniel Lillford has been an actor and playwright for twenty-eight years, working in Australia and Canada. He has had over thirty productions of his plays produced (garnering several awards) in Australia, Canada, the United States, and Scotland. Daniel and his wife Rachel, who together left Australia in 1997, live in Nova Scotia, on the Annapolis River, with their three sons, Harry, Jesse, and Rupert. Learn More
  7. Daniel David Moses

    Daniel David Moses

    Daniel David Moses is “a coroner of the theatre who slices open the human heart to reveal the fear, hatred and love that have eaten away at it. His dark play... can leave its audience shaking with emotion.” (Kate Taylor, The Globe & Mail, about The Indian Medicine Shows).

    Moses, a Delaware from the Six Nations lands on the Grand River, lives in Toronto, where he writes, and in Kingston, where he teaches in the Department of Drama at Queen’s University. Learn More
  8. Conni Massing

    Conni Massing

    Conni Massing is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, and television. Stage credits include The Myth of Summer (Alberta Theatre Projects), Oh! Christmas Tree (Lunchbox Theatre), and her stage adaptations of W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid (Theatre Calgary) and Bruce Allen Powe’s The Aberhart Summer (Citadel Theatre). She has several publications to her credit, including five of her plays and a comic memoir, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals, published by Brindle and Glass Publishing. Her writing has been recognized by Alberta Media Production Industries Association, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the Betty Mitchell Awards, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards.

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  9. Colleen Murphy

    Colleen Murphy

    Colleen Murphy won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl. Her play The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Other plays include The Breathing Hole, Bright Burning (I Hope My Heart Burns First), Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, The Piper and Beating Heart Cadaver. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films have played in festivals around the world. As a librettist, she has worked with composers Aaron Gervais on Oksana G. and with August Murphy-King on the short opera My Mouth on Your Heart. Colleen has been Writer in Residence at the University of Regina, McMaster University, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta. Learn More
  10. Clem Martini

    Clem Martini

    Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and novelist, an associate professor of drama at the University of Calgary, and a past president of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He is a three-time winner of the Alberta Writers Guild Drama Prize, was a nominee of the Governor General’s Literary Award in Drama for A Three Martini Lunch, and the author of several novels for young adults, including the trilogy Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles. Learn More

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