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“I’ve spent too many years explaining who and what I am repeatedly, so as of this moment I officially secede from both races. I plan to start my own separate nation. Because I am half Ojibway and half Caucasian, we will be called the Occasions. And of course, since I’m founding the new nation, I will be a Special Occasion.” —Drew Hayden Taylor
Ojibway writer Drew Hayden Taylor is from the Curve Lake Reserve in Ontario. Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada’s leading Native dramatists, he writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in Canada, the United States and Germany. His 1998 play Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth has been anthologized in Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays, published by the Theatre Communications Group. Although based in Toronto, Taylor has travelled extensively throughout North America, honouring requests to read from his work and to attend arts festivals, workshops and productions of his plays. He was also invited to Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in California, where he taught a series of seminars on the depiction of Native characters in fiction, drama and film. One of his most established bodies of work includes what he calls the Blues Quartet, an ongoing, outrageous and often farcical examination of Native and non-Native stereotypes.
Among Taylor’s many awards are: the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Theatre (2009); the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Nominee (2006) In a World Created by a Drunken God; the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Nominee (2005); James Buller Aboriginal Theatre Award for Playwright of the Year (1997) Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth; and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division (1996) Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth.
August 2013 : First Nation Communities Read 2013–2014
August 2013 : 8th Fire’s Essential Reads List
April 2013 : Drew Hayden Taylor on Urban Rush
April 2013 : God and the Indian at the Firehall Arts Centre
February 2013 : Drew Hayden Taylor Is Writer-In-Residence at Ryerson!
November 2012 : Weesageechak Begins to Dance XXV
March 2012 : 400 Kilometres to Magnus
February 2012 : Drew Hayden Taylor on Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer
January 2012 : 8th Fire: Drew Hayden Taylor
March 2011 : Drew Hayden Taylor is on the CBC!
February 2011 : In a World Created By a Drunken God - A Scene from the Movie
January 2011 : Drunken God Visits Orangeville
BOOK AWARDSOnly Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Winner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award Small Theatre: Outstanding New Play
BOOK AWARDSIn a World Created by a Drunken God
Finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama”
QUOTES OF NOTEDead White Writer on the Floor
“Abstract theatre is not generally associated with comedy … but judging by the laughter issuing from the packed house at Magnus’ opening night of the show, it is also drop-dead hilarious.” — The Argus”
QUOTES OF NOTENEWS
"Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining … form of social satire."
— Vancouver Sun
"…delivers the special combination of being gutbustingly funny while leaving you with deep realities to mull."
QUOTES OF NOTEFearless Warriors
Taylor’s…stories will make you cringe, cry, and when you really need it, laugh a little.
QUOTES OF NOTEBerlin Blues, The
“This play displays a healthy sense of humor…If one needs an innocuous night of theatre, this can be taken as a series of funny events. Those hoping for something deeper can find allegories and metaphors pointing through history.”
– LA Splash
"Drew Hayden Taylor has produced an accomplished series of comedies about reserve life that are consummate in their dramatic mechanics … The Berlin Blues may be breezy sitcom, but it has a point to make and is masterfully done."
– Canadian Literature
QUOTES OF NOTEIn a World Created by a Drunken God
“Drew Hayden Taylor adheres to the dictates of classic, riveting theatre by presenting stellar characters struggling with hardcore moral questions, while inviting the audience to continue the dialogue after the curtain has dropped … The presentation sure is masterful.”
— Quill & Quire
“Taylor … is a dramatist with a biting sense of humour and a keen eye for irony, particularly in his newly published play, In a World Created by a Drunken God … a play that is by turns quite sad, touching and thought-provoking … The play isn’t just full of funny faux pas or insults; it is a powerful story of two men confronted by the sins of their father, literally … In a World Created by a Drunken God tackles the thorny subjects of culture, morality and history to raise the more basic question of who we really are, apart from convenient labels and identity politics.”
— Surrey Now
“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire.”
— Vancouver Sun
“In Drew Hayden Taylor’s compelling drama, two half brothers meet for the first time. Jason is a half-native Canadian. harry is a non-native American. This well-crafted work pits exploitation and abandonment against privilege and comfort, in an ethical debate that surmounts stereotypes of status and culture.”
— 2006 Governor General’s Literary Awards Jury
“Taylor has succeeded in creating an intriguing and thought-provoking story, with in-depth characters and mind-wrenching questions.”
— The Multicultural Review
QUOTES OF NOTE400 Kilometres
Sharply written. Warm and funny.
— Halifax Daily News
Drew Hayden Taylor is not only one of the funniest writers in Canada today, he’s one of the most astute as well. He’s got both common sense and a sense of humour. What a winning combination!
— CBC RADIO
QUOTES OF NOTEalterNatives
“By turns thought provoking and hilariously funny, alterNatives unerringly skewers both liberal and Native stereotypes. Perhaps more importantly, alterNatives is a great read.” —Calgary Sun
“alterNatives is pure hilarity with some serious social punch.” —Scene
“Taylor, who has been accused of denigrating Native people on the one hand and ‘witless white-bashing’ on the other, has in alterNatives created a deft piece of Canadian social satire that should generate heated discussion.” —CBRA
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