Bryden MacDonald - Biography

Able to unite the urban settings of large cities like Toronto or Montreal with the small-town experiences of expatriates of Atlantic Canada, Bryden MacDonald is a playwright known for his lyrical and colourful scripts that delve into the conflicts of dislocated characters. This includes Whale Riding Weather (1991), The Weekend Healer (1994), and Divinity Bash / nine lives (1999). Music is also a key feature of his plays, as the scripts call for specific songs; he has also created theatrical interpretations of the music of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Carole Pope and Kevan Staples. For Whale Riding Weather, MacDonald received a Jessie Award for best Vancouver production in 1992 while the published script was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award in 1994, as well as the Chalmers and Dora Awards. On the East Coast, he has worked with Guysborough’s Mulgrave Road Theatre and Festival Antigonish, yet he has also worked in more urban centres with the National Arts Centre and Monument-National. Born in Glace Bay in 1960, MacDonald lives in both Nova Scotia and Montreal, and teaches future playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada..