Marcus Youssef

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Marcus Youssef is a playwright and artistic director of Neworld Theatre.


Youssef has been artistic director of Neworld Theatre since 2005.

He graduated from the acting program of the National Theatre School in 1992 and holds an MFA from UBC.

He is a playwright, known for his collaborations with Camyar Chai and Guillermo Verdecchia. He is also an author; his fiction and journalism has been published widely, in the Vancouver Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Grain, Ricepaper, This Magazine, CTR, the Georgia Straight, The Tyee, on numerous blogs and many programs on CBC Radio.

In 2011/12, he was was the inaugural Special Appointee at Capilano University, implementing a unique, interdisciplinary Bachelor of Performing Arts Program offered jointly by Capilano, Douglas College, Langara, and Vancouver Community College; the BPA program launched in May, 2012.

Youssef is co-chair of the City of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Committee and also serves on the advisory board of the University of Toronto scholarly journal Canadian Theatre Review.

He was an assistant professor at Concordia University in Montreal in 2004/05 and continues to teach widely.

Youssef lives in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area with his partner, teacher Amanda Fritzlan, and their sons Oscar and Zak.


  • Winners and Losers with James Long
  • Jabber
  • How Has My Love Affected You?
  • The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil with Guillermo Verdecchia and Camyar Chai
  • Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings with Guillermo Verdecchia and Camyar Chai
  • Everyone
  • Adrift
  • 3299: Forms in Order
  • Peter Panties
  • A Line in the Sand with Guillermo Verdecchia


  • Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award
  • Arts Club Silver Commission
  • Seattle Times Footlight
  • Vancouver Sun Critics' Choice Award for Innovation (3 times)
  • Jessie Richardson Awards
  • Masque Awards (Montreal)
  • Dora Mavor Moore Awards
  • 1997: Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - A Line in the Sand with Guillermo Verdecchia

External Links

Official Website