Playwright, actor and director Morris Panych has been described as “a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre.” He has appeared in over fifty theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles. He has directed more than ninety theatre productions and written over a dozen plays that have been translated and produced throughout the world. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award and has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award fourteen times for acting and directing. He has also been nominated six times for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and three times for the Chalmers Award.
The 2009 Off-Broadway production of his play Vigil opened to rave reviews. Under the title Auntie & Me, Vigil was also produced in London in 2003–04; and in French at Théâtre La Bruyère in Paris in 2005; and his classic 7 Stories ranks 9th among the ten best selling plays in Canada, outselling the Coles version of Romeo & Juliet.
For more information on the work and career of Morris Panych, visit his website.
Winner 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play, The Sydney Risk Award
Winner 2002 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Large Theatre (
Winner 2003 Dora Mavor Moore Award General Theatre: Outstanding New Play (Tarragon Theatre)
Winner 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama
Short-listed 2005 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play (Arts Club Theatre)
Winner 1994 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama