Life and Career
In 1986 Brian Quirt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the areas of International Relations and Drama from the University of Toronto. He continued to pursue his education at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Masters of Art in Drama in 1987. After graduating, Quirt served as an Dramaturgical Associate at The Canadian Stage Company in Toronto from 1987 and 1991. In 1992, he started a seven year run as the Dramaturg at The Theatre Centre. In 1998, he joined Factory Theatre where he worked for 6 years as the Company Dramaturg. He has also worked as a dramaturg for many independent companies and artists, from Mirvish Productions and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre to directing national tours of two new works created with Ottawa’s Sleeping Dog Theatre .
Perhaps Quirt's most significant contribution to the Canadian theatre landscape was his creation of Nightswimming in 1995. Nightswimming is a theatre company based in Toronto that commissions, develops, and workshops new Canadian plays, performance works and dance. In lieu of producing these works itself, "Nightswimming seeks out other established performing arts companies as partners in an extended process leading to premiere productions by our partner companies." Through the development of new works, the Nightswimming initiative is devoted to the advancing of Canadian dramaturgy and play development in Canada. Since its inception, Quirt has served as the Artistic Director of Nightswimming, which has commissioned and developed more than 30 new plays, dance works and musical pieces over its 21 year run.
Appointments and Accolades
Quirt has been nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, two for Direction and one for his adaptation of the Aurash. He is a two-time recipient of LMDA's (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. He served as LMDA's President from 2006 to 2008 and, in February of 2014, it was announced that Quirt was elected to serve as the LMDA Board Chair from 2015 to 2018. Quirt has also served as Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony since the spring of 2013.
In addition to his theatrical work, Brian specializes in dance and choreographic dramaturgy, and is an adjunct professor at York University’s Department of Dance.
|The Death of General Wolf||1999||Premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille||Director|
|The Whirlpool||2000||Tarragon Theatre||Adapter and Director|
|Portrait of an Unidentified Man||2005||National Arts Centre||Director|
|Blue Note||2008||Nightswimming||Co-Creator with Martin Julien|
|Whispering Pines||2011||Premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa and commissioned and developed by Nightswimming||Director|
|Same Same But Different||2014||Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Alberta Theatre Projects in association with Nightswimming||Dramaturg and Director|