Daniel MacIvor - Biography

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1962, Daniel MacIvor has earned wide acclaim as a director, actor, playwright and screenwriter. Having gained experience as a theatre student at Dalhousie University in Halifax and later George Brown College in Toronto, MacIvor went on in 1986 to found da da kamera, a touring theatre group that would subsequently produce a number of MacIvor’s plays and for which he has served as Artistic Director. As a playwright, MacIvor is known for his short, post-modern plays that very often feature extended monologues. In addition to garnering writing credits for these plays, MacIvor often acts in them as well. His acting career, however, began on television rather than the stage—his first appearance was in the Canadian TV show Street Legal in 1986. While MacIvor has played a number of roles on television, his most prominent one was as Nathan in Don McKellar’s hilarious CBC show Twitch City. As a writer, MacIvor has perhaps earned most widespread recognition for his 1998 Governor-General’s Award nominated play Marion Bridge, which was first produced at Mulgrave Road Theatre. The widespread success associated with this play, however, is most likely due to the 2002 film adaptation directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld and starring Molly Parker. This film won Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Not only has MacIvor received awards for his writing (including the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Chalmers Award and the 2006 Governor-General’s Award), he has earned nominations for his acting as well. In 2000, MacIvor was nominated for the Leading Actor Genie for his role in the 1999 film The Five Senses. MacIvor has twice combined his skills as a film actor, director and writer in both Past Perfect (2002) and Wilby Wonderful (2004). Daniel MacIvor moved back to Halifax from Toronto. MacIvor travels widely and has been the writer-in-residence at the Tarragon Threatre, the National Theatre School and at Buddies in Bad Times. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize for playwriting.