Brian Drader

Brian is an actor, writer, dramaturg and artistic administrator.  He has acted in over seventy professional theatre productions across Canada, as well as numerous films, television projects, and radio dramas. His plays have been produced in Canada, the United States, and Europe.   Awards for his writing include the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, the Philadelphia Brick Playhouse New Play Award, and the Lambda Literary Award for Drama (USA).  His play PROK was also nominated for the Governor General’s award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.  Published work includes THE NORBALS, PROK and LIAR (Scirocco Drama), and CURTSY and TO BE FRANK (Signature Editions). A short film, IRIS AND NATHAN, won the National Screen Institute Drama Prize.  Commercial engagements include writing the audio components (with Jodi Essery) for Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology and the video components for Star Wars Identities (touring exhibitions - gsmprjcts/Lucas Films/National Geographic), and dramaturge for Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  He recently providing dramaturgical support to gsmprjcts for the design of the Canadian History Hall in Ottawa, opening in 2017. Brian served as the Director of Playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal from 2004 to 2017, and is presently the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.