Bruce McManus

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Bruce McManus

Bruce McManus is a Manitoban playwright.


McManus has written twenty plays, including ALL RESTAURANT FIRES ARE ARSON, The Chinese Man Said Goodbye, Ordinary Days, Schedules, Calenture, and Selkirk Avenue, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Drama in 1998 and has been produced in both Canada and the United States.

Adaptations for the stage include Three Sisters (Theatre Projects Manitoba/Zone41 theatre, 2012) and A Dolls House (Prairie Theatre Exchange, 1998) and A Christmas Carol (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 2005).

He has also written for radio and film.

He served as Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba, a professional company devoted to developing and producing new work by Manitoba playwrights (1995-2000), was a founding member of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, regularly works as a dramaturge and mentor to many established and developing playwrights, and continues to work closely with the school, community, university and professional theatre communities in Winnipeg.

He has been playwright-in-residence at various times at MTC, PTE, the University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. He was writer-in-residence at the Winnipeg Public Library until August 2009.


  • A Doll's House
  • All Restaurant Fires are Arson
  • Caffe
  • Calenture
  • Dogs With No Tails
  • Fragile Possibilities
  • Getting Somewhere
  • House Rules
  • Last Dance
  • Schedules
  • Selkirk Avenue
  • The Chinese Man Said Goodbye
  • The Coast
  • The Oxford Statement
  • Three Sisters (adapted from Anton Chekhov)
  • Then Jesus cut me up and put the pieces in the freezer
  • We've Always Been Friends