Michale John Hollingsworth is a Canadian theatre director, playwright, and experimental multimedia artist.
Life and Career
Michael Hollingsworth was born on February 5th 1950 in Swansea Wales. At the age of six, he moved to Toronto, Ontario with his family.
He attended York University to study fine arts. Soon after, his first play Strawberry Fields (1972) was produced by Factory Theatre in Toronto. His play Clear Light was produced by Toronto Free Theatre in 1973.
In 1976, Michael decided to team up with Deanne Taylor to create an experimental theatre company called VideoCabaret. It's considered to be one of the first Canadian theatre companies to integrate multimedia tools such as video.
Michael's most notable work comes in the form of The History of the Village of the Small Huts.. It's a collection of 21 plays that satirize and dramatize Canadian history.
- Strawberry Fields, Writer, (1972)
- Clear Light, Writer, (1973)
- Punc Rok, Director, Writer (1977)
- 1984, Director, (1979)
- Brave New World, Director, (1981)
- The History of the Village of Small Huts, Director, Writer (1985 - 1999)
- 1986 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for New France.
- 1995 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for The Life and Times of Mackenzie King.
- 2004 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play for Confederation.