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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 68 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 67 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 46 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 59 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 88 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 87 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 65 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 58 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 43 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 79 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 71 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 51 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 60 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 41 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 59 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 66 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

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Daniel MacIvor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 55 Daniel MacIvor, is a Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director. He is probably best known for his acting roles in independent films and the edgy sitcom Twitch City.

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Darrell Wasyk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 59 Darrell Wasyk is a Canadian film director.

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Dave Carley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 63 Dave Carley is a Canadian playwright. He has written for stage, radio and television. His plays have had over 450 productions, and have been produced across Canada and the United States, and in ...more

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David Fennario is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 70 David William Fennario, born David Wiper is a Canadian playwright best known for Balconville, his bilingual dramatization of life in working-class Montreal, for which he won the Floyd S. ...more

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David French is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 71 (1939-2010) David French, OC was a Canadian playwright.

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David Watmough is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 91 David Arthur Watmough is a Canadian playwright, short story writer and novelist. Watmaugh was born in London, England, and attended King's College London. He has worked as a reporter BBC Third ...more

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David Widdicombe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 56 David Widdicombe is a Canadian filmmaker and playwright. His most successful work is Santa Baby, which he directed and wrote. Santa Baby won Best Film Comedy at the 2006 Los Angeles ...more

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David Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 71 David Samuel D'Arcy Young is a Canadian playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Born in Oakville, Ontario, Young studied at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of seven plays, ...more

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Diane Flacks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Diane Flacks is a Canadian comedic actress, screenwriter and playwright. She has co-written and starred in numerous television series, including The Broad Side, P.R., Behind the Scenes and ...more

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Douglas Craven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Douglas Craven age 54

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Drew Hayden Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Drew Hayden Taylor age 55 Drew Hayden Taylor is a Canadian playwright, author and journalist.

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Edward E. Rose is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 77 (1862-1939) Edward E. Rose was a playwright.

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Eileen Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Eileen Whitfield age 67

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Emma Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 48 Emma Donoghue is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian and novelist now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller. ...more

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Eric Nicol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 92 (1919-2011) Eric Patrick Nicol was a Canadian writer, best known as a longtime humour columnist for the Vancouver, British Columbia newspaper The Province. He also published over 40 books, both original ...more

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Erika Ritter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 69 Erika Ritter is a Canadian playwright and humorist. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, she attended Sacred Heart Academy for High School, studied drama at McGill University and the University of ...more

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Évelyne de la Chenelière is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 43 Évelyne de la Chenelière is a Canadian writer and actress. She is best known for her plays Désordre public, which won the Governor General's Award for French-language drama ...more

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Françoise Loranger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Françoise Loranger Dec. at 82 (1913-1995) Françoise Loranger was a Canadian playwright, radio producer, theatrical writer and feminist. She was born in Saint-Hilaire.

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Gail Bowen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 75 Gail Dianne Bowen, née Bartholomew is a Canadian playwright and writer of mystery novels. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen was educated at the University of Toronto, the University of ...more

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Gene Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 66 (1891-1957) Eugene "Gene" Lockhart was a Canadian character actor, singer, and playwright. He also wrote the lyrics to a number of popular songs.

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George Boyd is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
George Boyd George Elroy Boyd is a Canadian playwright and a former co-host of the CBC Morning News.

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George Elliott Clarke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 58 George Elliott Clarke, OC ONS is a Canadian poet and playwright. His work largely explores and chronicles the experience and history of the Black Canadian communities of Nova Scotia and New ...more

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George F. Walker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 70 George F. Walker is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He is one of Canada's most prolific playwrights, and also one of the most widely produced Canadian dramatists both in Canada and ...more

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Hannah Moscovitch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
age 39 Hannah Moscovitch is a Canadian playwright. She is best known for her plays East of Berlin, The Russian Play, and This is War.

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Herman Voaden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Playwrights from Canada
Dec. at 88 (1903-1991) Herman Arthur Voaden, CM was a Canadian playwright.