Daniel MacIvor

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Daniel MacIvor (born July 23, 1962 in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian playwright, actor, theatre director, and film director. He is the recipient of Canada's top awards for playwrighting, including the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and the Governor General's Award for Drama.


MacIvor studied theatre at Dalhousie University in Halifax and at George Brown College in Toronto.

From 1987 to 2007, MacIvor and Sherrie Johnson ran da da kamera, a respected international touring company that brought MacIvor's work to Australia, Israel, Europe, the UK, Brazil, and extensively throughout Canada and the United States. MacIvor's work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese.

One of MacIvor's most fruitful partnerships has been with Daniel Brooks, with whom he has created the solo shows House, Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac and most recently This Is What Happens Next.

MacIvor received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2006 for his collection of plays I Still Love You and in 2008 he was awarded the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of a New York Village Voice Obie Award and a GLAAD Award for his play In On It.

Also a filmmaker, MacIvor is the writer/director of Past Perfect, Wilby Wonderful, the co-writer of Whole New Thing, and the writer of Marion Bridge and Trigger.

He is currently playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. He has previously been writer in residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and the National Theatre School.

MacIvor is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and currently lives in Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia.

Television and Film

Daniel MacIvor is the co-writer and star of House directed by Laurie Lynd, and writer and star of the Genie Award winning musical short The Fairy Who Didn’t Want To Be A Fairy Anymore, also directed by Lynd. His short films Permission and Until I Hear From You both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and his short tapes Margaret Atwood and the Problem with Canada and Wake Up Jerk Off have played to great acclaim internationally. As an actor he has appeared in Thom Fitzgerald's Beefcake, in Don McKellar's inventive CBC series Twitch City, and in Jeremy Podeswa's The Five Senses for which he was nominated for a Genie.[1]

He made both his film and television debuts in 1987, in the film Night Friend and making a guest appearance on the popular CBC series Street Legal. He once said that he primarily thinks of himself as an actor, and though he has appeared in several Canadian film productions, in 1993, he directed his first short film. In 1998, he starred alongside Callum Keith Rennie, Don McKellar and Molly Parker in the offbeat CBC comedy series Twitch City that ran for 14 episodes. MacIvor's feature film directorial/screenwriting debut was Past Perfect (2002), starring himself and Rebecca Jenkins. The film won Special Mention in 2003 at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and MacIvor received Best Actor award at the Atlantic Film Festival. He received a 2004 Genie award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Marion Bridge (2002), based on his play of the same name. Many of the top names in Canadian show business signed on when he decided to direct a second feature, Wilby Wonderful (2004), which he also wrote. Paul Gross, Jenkins and Rennie are just a few of the stars who play roles in the dark comedy about the wacky inhabitants of a small town.[2]


  • Cake & Dirt (2015), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Amiel Gladstone
  • Who Killed Spalding Gray? (2014), Magnetic North Theatre Festival
  • Small Things (2014), Prairie Theatre Exchange, directed by Robert Metcalfe
  • Arigato, Tokyo (2013), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • The Best Brothers (2012), Stratford Shakespeare Festival
  • Was Spring (2012), Tarragon Theatre
  • Bingo! (2011), Mulgrave Road Theatre
  • This Is What Happens Next (2010), Necessary Angel
  • Communion (2010), Tarragon Theatre
  • Confession (2008), Mulgrave Road Theatre, directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
  • His Greatness (2007), Vancouver Arts Club, directed by Linda Moore
  • How It Works (2007), Mulgrave Road Theatre
  • A Beautiful View (2006), da da kamera
  • Cul-de-Sac (2003), da da kamera, directed by Daniel Brooks
  • You Are Here (2001), da da kamera in association with Theatre Passe Muraille
  • In On It (2000), Edinburgh Festival, directed by Daniel MacIvor
  • Monster (1998), da da kamera at Canadian Stage Company
  • Marion Bridge (1998), Mulgrave Road Theatre and da da kamera
  • The Soldier Dreams (1997), da da kamera at Canadian Stage Company
  • Here Lies Henry (1995), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • Sessions (1995), Tarragon Theatre, with Daniel Brooks and Clare Coulter
  • The Lorca Play (1992), da da kamera, co-directed by MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
  • This is a Play (1992), da da kamera, directed by Ken MacDougall
  • House (1992), da da kamera and the Factory Theatre
  • Jump (1992), Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by Daniel Brooks
  • 2-2 Tango (1991), Buddies in Bad Times, directed by Ken McDougall
  • Never Swim Alone (1991), da da kamera, directed by Ken McDougall
  • Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (1990), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Andy McKim
  • Wild Abandon (1990), Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by Vinetta Strombergs
  • Yes I Am and Who Are You? (1989), Buddies in Bad Times, directed by Edward Roy
  • See Bob Run (1989), da da kamera, directed by Ken McDougall



  • Wilby Wonderful (2004)[2]
  • Past Perfect (2002)


  • How We Got Home (upcoming)[3]
  • Trigger (2010)
  • Whole New Thing with Amnon Buchbinder (2005)
  • Wilby Wonderful (2004)
  • Past Perfect (2002)
  • Marion Bridge (2002)


  • Growing Op (2008)
  • Whole New Thing (2005)
  • Wilby Wonderful (2004)
  • Past Perfect (2002)
  • Touch (2001)
  • Dead by Monday (2001)
  • Spiral Bound (2000)
  • Take-out (2000)
  • The Five Senses (1999)
  • Beefcake (1998)
  • Uncut (1997)
  • Bubbles Galore (1996)
  • My Summer Vacation (1996)
  • Wasaga (1995)
  • Eclipse (1995)
  • The Last Supper (1994)
  • My Addiction (1994)
  • I Love a Man in Uniform (1993)
  • The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy (1992)
  • RSVP (1991)
  • Justice Denied (1989)
  • Night Friend (1987)



  • 2008: Siminovitch Prize[4]
  • 2008: Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script - His Greatness
  • 2006: Governor General's Award for Drama - I Still Love You
  • 2002: GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off-Broadway - In On It[5]
  • 2002: New York Village Voice OBIE Award - In On It[6]
  • 2002: Atlantic Film Festival Best Screenplay Award - Marion Bridge (film)
  • 1997: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - Here Lies Henry with Daniel Brooks
  • 1996: The Scotsman Fringe First Award - Here Lies Henry
  • 1992: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - House


  • 2013: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play - Arigato, Tokyo
  • 2012: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - His Greatness
  • 2007: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Play - Here Lies Henry
  • 2005: Siminovitch Prize Short-List[7]
  • 2005: Governor General's Award for Drama - Cul-de-sac
  • 2005: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Cul-de-sac
  • 2004: Genie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay - Marion Bridge (film)[2]
  • 2000: Governor General's Award for Drama - Monster with Daniel Brooks
  • 1999: Governor General's Award for Drama - Marion Bridge
  • 1998: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - See Bob Run
  • 1993: Governor General's Award for Drama - House Humans


  1. Marion Bridge
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Daniel MacIvor biography
  3. Full Cast Announced for Daniel MacIvor's CAKE AND DIRT at Tarragon Theatre
  4. Daniel MacIvor - The Siminovitch Prize
  5. GLAAD Honors Glenn Close, Nathan Lane & The Invention of Love
  6. New York Obies Theater Awards
  7. Seven Outstanding Canadian Playwrights Make Short-List for 2005 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre