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List of notable or famous playwrights from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Canada and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Canada is included when available.

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This historic playwrights from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Canada?" These prominent playwrights of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian playwrights.

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Adam Bock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Adam Bock
Adam Bock is a Canadian playwright currently living in the United States. Adam was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In the fall of 1984, Bock studied at the National Theater Institute at The ...more
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Agnes Walsh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Agnes Walsh age 69
Agnes Walsh is a Canadian actor, poet, playwright and storyteller from Newfoundland. Walsh has won Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters awards for poetry as well as TickleAce poetry and ...more
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Alden Nowlan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1933-1983)
Alden Albert Nowlan was a critically acclaimed Canadian poet, novelist, and playwright.
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Alisa Palmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Alisa Palmer is a Canadian theatre director and playwright. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Alisa Palmer completed a degree in history at McGill University. Her theatre education was ...more
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Allan Stratton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 68
Allan Stratton is a Canadian playwright and novelist. Born in Stratford, Ontario, Stratton began his professional arts career while he was still in high school, when James Reaney published his ...more
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Amiel Gladstone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Amiel Gladstone age 47
Amiel Gladstone is a Canadian playwright and director. A graduate of the University of Victoria, Gladstone is a founder of Theatre Skam, an alternative theatre company in Victoria, BC and is the ...more
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Ann-Marie MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 60
Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actor and broadcast journalist who lives in Montreal, Quebec. The daughter of a member of Canada's military, she was born at an air force ...more
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Antonine Maillet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 89
Antonine Maillet, PC CC OQ ONB FRSC is an Acadian novelist, playwright, and scholar. She was born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick and lives in Montreal, Quebec. Following high school, she received ...more
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Antony Holland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 98
Antony Holland CM is an English actor, playwright, and theatre director. Currently he lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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Bernard Slade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 88
Bernard Slade is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter.
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Bill Gaston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 66
Bill Gaston is a Canadian novelist, playwright and short story writer. Gaston grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toronto, Ontario, and North Vancouver, British Columbia. Aside from teaching at ...more
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Brad Fraser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 59
Brad Fraser is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter and cultural commentator. He is one of the most widely produced Canadian playwrights both in Canada and internationally. His plays typically ...more
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Brian Shein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Brian Shein Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)
Brian Shein was a Canadian playwright. He studied at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. in 1968. His works include Theatrical Exhibitions and The Canadian Book of the
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C. E. Gatchalian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
C. E. Gatchalian age 44
C.E. "Chris" Gatchalian is a Canadian playwright, born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Filipino parents, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre from the University of ...more
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Caroline Azar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Caroline Azar is a Canadian director, actor, and playwright. She was the lead singer, keyboardist and co-lyricist/composer of the band Fifth Column.
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Caryl Churchill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 80
Caryl Churchill is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, dramatisation of the abuses of power, and exploration of sexual politics. She is ...more
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Charles Dennis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 72
Charles Dennis is a Canadian actor, playwright, radio actor, journalist, author, director, and screenwriter.
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Charles William Bell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 62 (1876-1938)
Charles William Bell was a Canadian playwright, lawyer and politician, born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was Rocco Perri's lawyer. Bell attended Hamilton Collegiate Institute and Trinity College, ...more
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Charlie Rhindress is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 52
Charlie Rhindress is an actor, playwright and director living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia and educated at Mount Allison University, he is a co-founder and former ...more
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Chris Doty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 40 (1966-2006)
Chris Bourke Doty was a Canadian journalist, historian, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and playwright, noted for his many contributions to the cultural life of his hometown of ...more
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Chris Ward is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Chris Ward age 61
Chris Ward is an English/Canadian Film/Theatre Director and Playwright, born in 1958. From 1979-82 attended the London International Film School. His play Demonstration of Affection was produced ...more
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d'bi.young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 42
D'bi Young Anitafrika is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, and educator, as well as a Dora Award-winning actor and playwright. Raised Debbie Young in Jamaica, she moved to Canada in ...more
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Dan Needles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dan Needles
Dan Needles CM is best known as the playwright behind the popular Wingfield Series which has played across Canada for many years. It was performed at the Stratford Festival of Canada and was ...more
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Daniel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Daniel Brooks age 60
Daniel Brooks is a Canadian theatre director, actor and playwright. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. A highly regarded theatre maker in Toronto's theatre scene, Daniel Brooks has a reputation ...more
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Daniel David Moses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 67
Daniel David Moses is a First Nations poet and playwright from Canada. Moses, of Delaware descent, was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, and raised on a farm on the Six Nations of the Grand River. He ...more