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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Adam Bock

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Adam Bock is a Canadian playwright currently living in the United States. He 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

Birthplace: Placentia, Canada

Agnes Walsh (born 1950, Placentia) 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 ...more
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Alden Nowlan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1933-1983)

Birthplace: Stanley, Nova Scotia, Canada

Alden Albert Nowlan (; January 25, 1933 – June 27, 1983) was a Canadian poet, novelist, and playwright.
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Alisa Palmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada

Birthplace: New Brunswick, 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

Birthplace: Stratford, Canada

Allan Stratton (born 1951) is a Canadian playwright and novelist.
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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

Birthplace: CFB Baden–Soellingen, Germany

Ann-Marie MacDonald (born October 29, 1958) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actress and broadcast host who lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The daughter of a member of Canada's military, ...more
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Antonine Maillet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 89

Birthplace: Bouctouche, Canada

Antonine Maillet, (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃tɔnin majɛ]; born May 10, 1929) is an Acadian novelist, playwright, and scholar. She was born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick.
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Antony Holland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 98

Birthplace: Tiverton, Devon, United Kingdom

Antony Holland (28 March 1920 – 29 July 2015) was an English actor, playwright and theatre director who until his death in 2015 lived 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

Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

Bernard Slade (born May 2, 1930) 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 (born January 14, 1953 in Tacoma, Washington) is a Canadian novelist, playwright and short story writer. Gaston grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toronto, Ontario, and North Vancouver, ...more
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Brad Fraser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 59

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Brad Fraser (born June 28, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter and cultural commentator. He is one of the most widely produced Canadian playwrights both in Canada ...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 (1947–1988) was a Canadian playwright. He studied at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. (Hons.) in 1968. His works include Theatrical Exhibitions (1975) and ...more
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C. E. Gatchalian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
C. E. Gatchalian Age: 44

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

C.E. "Chris" Gatchalian (born June 5, 1974) is a Canadian playwright, born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Filipino parents, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre from the ...more
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Caroline Azar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Caroline Azar is a director and playwright of both Sephardic Jewish (Lebanese, Italian and Spanish) and Ashkenazi Jewish (Russian) extraction. She was the lead singer, keyboardist and ...more
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Caryl Churchill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 80

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Caryl Churchill (born 3 September 1938) is a British playwright known for dramatising the abuses of power, for her use of non-naturalistic techniques, and for her exploration of sexual politics ...more
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Charles Dennis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 72

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Charles Dennis (born December 16, 1946) 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)

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Charles William Bell (25 April 1876 – 8 February 1938) was a Canadian playwright, lawyer and politician, born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was Rocco Perri's lawyer. Bell attended Hamilton Collegiate ...more
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Charlie Rhindress is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 52

Birthplace: Amherst, Canada

Charlie Rhindress (born May 9, 1966) is an actor, author, playwright and director living in his hometown of Amherst, Nova Scotia. He was educated at Mount Allison University and is a co-founder ...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 (September 8, 1966 – February 2, 2006) was a Canadian journalist, historian, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and playwright, noted for his many contributions to the ...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

Birthplace: Jamaica

d’bi.young anitafrika is a Jamaican-Canadian feminist dub poet and activist. Her work includes theatrical performances, four published collections of poetry, twelve plays, and seven albums.
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Dan Needles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dan Needles
Dan Needles 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 aired, ...more
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Daniel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Daniel Brooks Age: 60

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Daniel Brooks (born 23 June 1958) is a Canadian theatre director, actor and playwright. He is well known in the Toronto theatre scene for his innovative productions and script-writing
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Daniel David Moses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Age: 67

Birthplace: Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada

Daniel David Moses (born February 18, 1952) is a First Nations poet and playwright from Canada. Moses, of Delaware descent on his father's side and Tuscarora descent on his mother's, was born in ...more