John Lazarus is an award-winning, self-taught Canadian playwright and screenwriter since 1970. He was born in Montreal in 1947. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife Lin and has two daughters and three granddaughters in Vancouver. Since the start of his career, Lazarus has contributed much to Canadian Theatre, with work as an actor, critic, playwright, and teacher. He is also known for his playwriting for Young Audiences.
Shortly after graduating from the National Theatre School for acting in 1969, Lazarus moved to Vancouver, where he spent the next 30 years building his career within the Theatre sphere. While in Vancouver Lazarus worked with Studio 58 and Vancouver Film School as a screenwriter and teacher. In 2000 he moved to Kingston, Ontario, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Drama Department of Queen’s University. Lazarus has taught playwriting and screenwriting to thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers as playwrights, screenwriters, and collaborative creators of devised theatre. "However, he says that his primary goal is not necessarily to train professional writers, but to teach a version of the creative process to students of all kinds." 
Lazarus' plays have been produced all across Canada and the United States, and in England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel and Japan. His first professionally-produced play, the one-act Babel Rap, was for many years the most frequently produced play written in Canada. With his Dreaming and Duelling, he became the first Canadian playwright to be produced by the Shaw Festival. While teaching, he continues to write new work that gets produced across the country.