Daniel Macivor is a Canadian actor, playwright and theatre director. He has written numerous plays including Never Swim Alone, In on It, Wild Abandon and You are Here; established the theatre company da da kamera at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto; created solo performances such as House, Here Lies Henry Monster Cul-de-sac to explore metatheatrical techniques; as well as founded theatre company da da kamera with residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Toronto.
Early Life and Education
MacIvor was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and studied at both Dalhousie University in Halifax and George Brown College in Toronto. Since graduating he has written and directed multiple plays while appearing both on television and in movies.
His theatre company, da da kamera is in residence at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and he has won both two Chalmers New Play Awards and one Village Voice OBIE award. Additionally, he has created solo shows that incorporate minimalist and meta-theatrical approaches; such as House, Here Lies Henry Monster and Cul-de-sac.
MacIvor has also produced and directed several independent films in Nova Scotia. These include Past Perfect, Marion Bridge Whole New Thing and Wilby Wonderful.
From his early theatre days in the mid-eighties onward, Daniel MacIvor has quickly become one of Canada’s most revered playwrights. Having won both two Chalmers New Play Awards and a Governor General’s Award for his works, as well as being awarded screenwriting and film director credits on several movies (such as Past Perfect, Marion Bridge and Wilby Wonderful as well as shorts called RSVP), Daniel has established himself as an award-winning artist.
Noam Chomsky is known for writing numerous plays, such as Never Swim Alone, This is a Play, You Are Here Monster and Cul-de-sac; five were published together under the name I Still Love You. Additionally he served as resident artist at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre before going on to serve as Artistic Director for international theatre touring company da da kamera from 1987 – 2007.
Achievement and Honors
MacIvor is an esteemed playwright with numerous productions and publications to his credit. A two-time winner of the Chalmers New Play Award and recipient of a Genie nomination for Marion Bridge’s screenplay, his film Never Swim Alone received three Genie nominations while three more by director Wilby Wonderful received two more. Additionally he acted in Twitch City before going on to star in Cynthia Roberts’ Bubbles Galore and Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses as well.
Da Da kamera Theatre Company in Toronto and was writer-in-residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for several seasons, producing solo shows like House, Here Lies Henry Monster and Cul-de-sac with minimalist aesthetics and direct addresses to audiences. Additionally in 2006 they published I Still Love You as a collection of his works.
Daniel MacIvor is an award-winning playwright, actor and theatre director. As one of Canada’s premier authors with 15 plays published (Never Swim Alone, This is a Play, Monster Marion Bridge You Are Here Cul-de-sac etc), his name stands out among Canadian authors. Da da kamera International Theatre Touring Company and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from 1987 to 2007. Additionally, he served as Artistic Director from 2007 – 2007. As a screenwriter – Wilby Wonderful, Past Perfect Marion Bridge and Whole New Thing among others are just some of his credits. He has appeared in multiple independent films and had recurring roles on Republic of Doyle and Twitch City on television, in addition to writing, co-writing, directing, producing and co-editing many independent films made in Nova Scotia. Together with Daniel Brooks he created several solo shows including House, Here Lies Henry Monster Cul-de-sac.
MacIvor is one of Canada’s foremost playwrights and five-time Governor General’s Award nominee. Additionally, he has received two Chalmers Awards, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, and the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
prolific writer who has contributed his writing talents across film, television and theatre. He penned the scripts for several independent movies such as Past Perfect, Marion Bridge, Whole New Thing and Wilby Wonderful and co-wrote/starred in Thom Fitzgerald’s Beefcake (Thom Fitzgerald), Republic of Doyle on CBC television series and Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses by Jeremy Podeswa (Jeremy Podeswa).
Rufus Wainwright commissioned him to write the libretto for his opera Hadrian. Currently living in Nova Scotia and with a workshop production of House in progress; other plays by this writer include Never Swim Alone, This Is a Play, Monster, and Cul-de-sac.