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Brian Quirt

Brian Quirt is Artistic Director of Nightswimming and a past president of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Brian has commissioned more than twenty new works of dance and drama with Nightswimming, many of which have gone on to acclaimed productions in Toronto and across Canada. He has been nominated for three Dora Awards, two for Direction and one for his adaptation of the Iranian play Aurash with Soheil Parsa. He received the LMDA’s 2003 Elliott Hayes Award for Dramaturgy in recognition of his work in creating and directing Nightswimming.

His own works include the adaptations of Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool and Michael Redhill’s Lake Nora Arms, and the original play The Death of General Wolfe. He directed the premiere productions of two Jason Sherman plays, as well as Michael Healey’s first play, Kicked, and is currently developing Judith Thompson’s Such Creatures through Nightswimming.

Brian Quirt