41 Cowan Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 2N1
phone: (416) 538-2266
fax: (416) 538-8958
EDUCATION: B.A. History, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. 1972; The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax N.S. 1972 - 76.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS : Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC), SOCAN
AWARDS: Betty Mitchell Award: Fire 2003; Dora Mavor Moore and Chalmers Awards for Outstanding Musical: Fire 1989; Atlantic Film Festival Best Short Film Award: Star Reporter, 1983; Quebec Drama Festival Best Play Award: The Electrical Man 1975. Numerous Chalmers and Dora and Jesse Award nominations for Script, Direction and Outstanding Productions.
Playwright: 37 plays produced, including: Merlin, Anne, The Secret Garden, Dream A Little Dream (with Denny Doherty), Hot Flashes (with John Roby), Fire and Love Is Strange (with David Young) and Cheatin’ Hearts (with David Smyth)
Television: 60 scripts produced, including: Pit Pony (Supervising Producer), Freaky Stories, Street Legal, The Campbells, Danger Bay, The Edison Twins, Bordertown and the specials, Johann's Gift To Christmas and Saint Nicholas and The Children.
Script Development: Work with most major Canadian play development programs: New Play Centre, Banff Centre of the Arts, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Montreal Playwrights Workshop, etc. Story editor various film scripts and TV series development.
Radio: 58 radio dramas produced, including: The Old Guy, In The Blood for CBC’s The Mystery Project, Salvage, a BBC/CBC co-production and Booster McCrane PM for CBC Morningside. Also, radio versions of stage plays; Dream A Little Dream, Love is Strange & Honky Tonk Angels.
RELATED WORK: Director: Productions at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Lighthouse Theatre, Persephone Theatre, White Point Theatre (Artistic Director), Stages Cabaret (Artistic Director), The National Arts Center, The Arts Club Theatre, Powerhouse Gallery, etc.
Past Chairman of The Playwrights Union of Canada.
Merlin (adapted from medieval texts by Geoffrey of Monmouth & Ninias) The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young Audiences. (2002) (2 productions to date)
Anne (adapted from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery) Young Peoples Theatre, Toronto (1998) Published Playwrights Canada Press 1999. (15 productions to date)
Salt Water In My Socks (with Al Macdonald) a one-man musical. White Point Theatre (1997) (3 productions to date)
Hot Flashes (with John Roby) a musical. Developed at White Point Theatre, N.S. (1997) Premiere tour Lighthouse, Blyth Festival, Bluewater Festivals (1998). (7 productions to date)
Dream A Little Dream, the nearly true story of The Mamas and The Papas (with Denny Doherty) One man (with band) version premiered at White Point Theatre 1996. (5 productions to date incl. 6 months Off-Broadway) New, full cast version premiered at The Phoenix Theatre, April 2007
Ubu The Barbarian (with Joe Hall) a musical based on the work of Alfred Jarry. The Arbour Theatre, Peterborough ON (1994)
Cheatin' Hearts (with David Smyth); a musical. Magnus Theatre. Thunder Bay (1994), Published by Playwrights Press, Toronto, 1995. (8 productions to date incl. Finland)
The Secret Garden (from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett), Young People's Theatre, Toronto, ON (Chalmers Award Nominee, 1992). Published in the anthology Class Acts by Playwrights Press, Toronto, ON 1992. (15 productions to date)
Fire, a musical (with David Young). Winner 1989 Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Numerous productions including; Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, ON. (Premiere 1985) Published by Summerhill Press, Toronto, ON 1990 (25 productions to date)
Love Is Strange, a musical (with David Young) Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, ON (1984) Published in the anthology Canadian Stages", CTR Press, 1992 (7 productions including a national tour)
The Children of The Night (two-hander comedy) The Factory Theatre, Toronto, ON (1981) (2 productions to date)
Judy, a musical biography of Judy Garland. Stages Cabaret, Halifax, NS 1980 (12 productions to date)
North Mountain Breakdown, a musical (music by Al Macdonald) produced by Theatre 1707, Halifax, NS (1979) (2 productions)
The Electrical Man, one act play awarded 'Best play', The Quebec Drama Festival, Montreal (1976)
Johnann's Gift to Christmas, a half hour animated musical (music with Denny Doherty) for O'B & D Films, Toronto, ON (Claymation)
Trick Or Treasure, O'B & D Films, Toronto, ON
St. Nicholas and The Children, O’B & D Films, Toronto, ON
The Pit Pony, (Supervising producer/head writer) 12 episodes, Cochran Entertainment, Nova Scotia (CBC in Canada)
Freaky Stories, (co-writer,) 4 episodes, Delmage Productions, Toronto, ON (Animation) (ABC in US)
Groundling Marsh, Drifting Dingling Daisies, Portfolio Productions, Toronto, ON (Puppets) (PBS in US)
Street Legal: Believe The Children, CBC-TV, Toronto, ON
My Secret Identity: First Love, Sunrise Films, Toronto, ON (FOX – US)
Bordertown: Four Eyes, Moviecorp, Toronto, ON (The Family Channel, US, currently airing on Lonestar)
Blizzard Island: Battle Field Of The Gods, Studio East, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Puppets) (CBC in Canada)
The Campbells: A Proposal of Marriage, Fortunes of War, The Elusive Mr. Smith, The Shiners, Flying The Coop, Settler Films, Toronto, ON (US syndication, currently airing on Lonestar)
Danger Bay: It's a Jungle In There, Sunrise Films, Toronto,ON (The Disney Channel in US)
The Edison Twins: Every One A Rembrandt, Robbers and Robots, Monkey In The Middle, Tinker Tom, The Windigo (three parts), School Spirit, Running On Empty, Bases Loaded - One Girl Out, The Racer's Edge, Ghosts For Sale - Cheap, The People's Choice, Nelvana Productions, Toronto, ON (The Disney Channel in US)
Dr. Muszoski: 10 Episodes
Forceful Follies: 5 Episodes
Looks at Books: 5 Episodes
N.S. Dept. of Education and CBC-TV, Halifax, N.S.
King Claw, Gills, Concerning Mr. Arabat, Glooscap Recycled, Audio Stage, CBC Radio, Halifax
Honky Tonk Angels, Ocean Limited, CBC National
Love Is Strange, CBC National
Booster McCrane, PM, on Morningside, CBC Radio. Head writer. 12 episodes
In The Blood, The Mystery Project, CBC Radio, Series creator. 8 episodes.
Salvage, CBC Radio/BBC, 3/6 episodes (3 with David Britton)
The Old Guy, The Mystery Project, CBC Radio, Series creator. 26 Episodes
SERIES DEVELOPMENT - TV:
Something’s Fishy at CampWiganishie, Portfolio Productions, Toronto, ON
On R Own, The Film Works, Toronto, ON
Cryme & Ms. Tree, Unlimited Mysteries Inc. Productions, Toronto, ON 1989.
Blizzard Island, Blizzard Island Productions, Halifax, NS 1989.
Wonder Tales, O'B & D Productions, Toronto, ON 1988.
Dr. Muszoski , Forceful Follies, Looks at Books. These three series were developed and written for the NS Dept. of Education and CBC Halifax, N.S.
SCRIPT EDITOR - FILM:
Good Time Charlie, Alf Silver, developed with Telefilm funding
Cigarette ?, Laura MacDonald & Martha Kehoe with OFDC funding.
The Undertaker, John Bradshaw, SC Entertainment, Toronto, ON
October, Glen Saltzman, Cineflics Productions Toronto, ON
Death on 30 Beat, Maynard Collins, Zephyr Films, Toronto, ON
Formerly Gus Mcphee, Hans Boglid, Imagex Films, Halifax, NS
A Darker Magic, by Stephan Fanfara.
Kenny James, Moze Mossanen, Mossanen Productions, Toronto, ON
Star Reporter (with Cordell Wynn) A rock and roll musical. Winner Best Script, Best Video, Atlantic Film Awards, 1983.
DRAMATURGY - THEATRE:
Dramaturg, Glenn by David Young, Necessary Angel, Toronto, ON 1992.
Literary Manager, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON 1989 -90
Dramaturg/Playwright-in-residence, Factory Theatre, Toronto, ON 1985-87
Dramaturg/Playwright-in-residence, Banff Playwrights Program, 1982, '84, '86.
Script Development, The New Play Centre, Vancouver, BC 1982 - '84
Artistic Director, Stages Cabaret, Halifax, NS 1980 - '81
Script Development, Dramatist Co-op of NS, 1978 - '80
Dramaturg, Theatre 1707, Halifax, N.S. 1979.
Workshop Director, Playwrights Workshop of Montreal 1976 - '77.