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Bryden MacDonald is a playwright, director, dramaturge and teacher. His published plays are Whale Riding Weather, The Weekend Healer, and Divinity Bash/nine lives. His latest play, With Bated Breath, premiered at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre in April of 2009. He has created and directed theatrical interpretations of the words and music of Leonard Cohen (Sincerely a Friend), Carol Pope & Rough Trade (Shaking the Foundations), and Joni Mitchell (When All the Slaves Are Free). He has taught and coached students at The National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University, served as resident dramaturge at Playwrights Workshop Montreal, and was the mentoring director for Imago Theatre’s Inaugural Directors’ Gym. He has conducted workshops or been artist-in-residence or guest artist at a number of theatres and festivals across the country, including The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Factory Theatre, and Neptune Theatre. He has sat on juries at The Canada Council and been a member of the board of directors for The Quebec Drama Federation. He is happy to be making his home in Nova Scotia again.
October 2012 : Playwrights Retreat Begins in Stratford
March 2012 : Merritts for MacDonald and MacIvor!
March 2012 : Bryden MacDonald to Adjudicate One Act Play Festival
February 2012 : Whale Riding Weather Hits the Sex Festival!
October 2010 : Music, Paranoia, Montreal, and Meta-play
BOOK AWARDSWith Bated Breath
Winner of 5 MECCA Awards, including for Best Text
BOOK AWARDSWhale Riding Weather
Finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama”
QUOTES OF NOTEWith Bated Breath
“Quite stunning … full of one-liners and dark poetry.”
QUOTES OF NOTEDivinity Bash / nine lives
A carnivalesque expression of contemporary zeitgeist.
QUOTES OF NOTEWhale Riding Weather
“…powerfully written. Whale Riding Weather succeeds mainly because of MacDonald’s ability to create empathy for his emotionally hungry and interdependent characters.”
— Toronto Star
“MacDonald’s script, a roller-coaster ride of pain and humour and pathos and love, is an actor’s dream.”
— Vancouver Sun
“MacDonald has become a colourful voice in Canadian theatre.”
— Globe & Mail
“This is the most promising playwriting talent I’ve seen in a long time.”
— _CBC Radio
“[Whale Riding Weather] reaches out and grabs you with naked, kissing men, scalding, gorgeous language, and a painful story about complex issues of aging, love, need and loyalty.”
— Chronicle Herald
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program; and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.