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Famous Playwrights from Canada

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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.

List features people like J. Timothy Hunt, Morris Panych and more!

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

    Adam Bock is a Canadian playwright currently living in the United States. He was born in...  more
  • Agnes Walsh2

    Agnes Walsh

    Age: 70

    BirthplacePlacentia, Canada

    Agnes Walsh (born 1950, Placentia) is a Canadian actor, poet, playwright and storyteller from...  more
  • Alden Nowlan3

    Alden Nowlan

    Dec. at 50 (1933-1983)

    BirthplaceStanley, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Alden Albert Nowlan (; January 25, 1933 – June 27, 1983) was a Canadian poet, novelist, and...  more
  • Alisa Palmer4
    Alisa Palmer is a Canadian theatre director and playwright. Born and raised in New Brunswick,...  more
  • Allan Stratton5

    BirthplaceStratford, Canada

    Allan Stratton (born 1951) is a Canadian playwright and novelist....  more
  • Amiel Gladstone6

    Amiel Gladstone

    Age: 48
    Amiel Gladstone is a Canadian playwright and director. A graduate of the University of...  more
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald7

    BirthplaceCFB Baden–Soellingen, Germany

    Ann-Marie MacDonald (born October 29, 1958) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actress and...  more
  • Antonine Maillet8

    BirthplaceBouctouche, Canada

    Antonine Maillet, (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃tɔnin majɛ]; born May 10, 1929) is an Acadian...  more
  • Antony Holland9

    BirthplaceTiverton, Devon, United Kingdom

    Antony Holland (28 March 1920 – 29 July 2015) was an English actor, playwright and theatre...  more
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    BirthplaceSt. Catharines, Canada

    Bernard Slade (born May 2, 1930) is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. ...  more
  • Bill Gaston11
    Bill Gaston (born January 14, 1953 in Tacoma, Washington) is a Canadian novelist, playwright...  more
  • Brad Fraser12

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter...  more
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    Brian Shein

    Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)
    Brian Shein (1947–1988) was a Canadian playwright. He studied at the University of British...  more
  • C. E. Gatchalian14

    C. E. Gatchalian

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    C.E. "Chris" Gatchalian (born June 5, 1974) is a Canadian playwright, born in Vancouver,...  more
  • Caroline Azar15
    Caroline Azar is a director and playwright of both Sephardic Jewish (Lebanese, Italian and...  more
  • Caryl Churchill16

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Caryl Churchill (born 3 September 1938) is a British playwright known for dramatising the...  more
  • Charles Dennis17

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Charles Dennis (born December 16, 1946) is a Canadian actor, playwright, radio actor,...  more
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    Charles William Bell

    Dec. at 62 (1876-1938)

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Charles William Bell (25 April 1876 – 8 February 1938) was a Canadian playwright, lawyer and...  more
  • Charlie Rhindress19

    BirthplaceAmherst, Canada

    Charlie Rhindress (born May 9, 1966) is an actor, author, playwright and director living in...  more
  • Chris Doty20

    Chris Doty

    Dec. at 40 (1966-2006)
    Chris Bourke Doty (September 8, 1966 – February 2, 2006) was a Canadian journalist, historian,...  more
  • 21

    Chris Ward

    Age: 62
    Chris Ward is an English/Canadian Film/Theatre Director and Playwright, born in 1958. From...  more
  • d'bi.young22


    Age: 43


    d’bi.young anitafrika is a Jamaican-Canadian feminist dub poet and activist. Her work...  more
  • Dan Needles23

    Dan Needles

    Dan Needles is best known as the playwright behind the popular Wingfield Series which has...  more
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    Daniel Brooks

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Daniel Brooks (born 23 June 1958) is a Canadian theatre director, actor and playwright. He is...  more
  • Daniel David Moses25

    BirthplaceOhsweken, Ontario, Canada

    Daniel David Moses (born February 18, 1952) is a First Nations poet and playwright from...  more