David S. Craig

Dramatist David S. Craig has served as an Artistic Director, playwright, performer, director, and producer of plays for over thirty-five years. As a passionate promoter and creator of theatre art, his work has reached millions of people, particularly children and their families.

He was born in Montreal Quebec in 1952, and acquired post-secondary theatre training at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, England from 1971-74.

Returning to Canada in 1976, he founded Theatre Direct, which, in five years, became one of the largest touring theatres for young audiences in Canada. During this period he wrote The Clown Who Laughed (1976), The Great Canadian Energy Show (1978), All For Beaver Hats (1980), The Dreamburger Dilemma (1981) and The Railroad Story (1982).

In 1983, with Robert Morgan, he founded Roseneath Theatre, a company devoted to original family theatre.  With Morgan, he co-created and performed in Morgan’s Journey (1983, Chalmers Award), Head à Tête (1987, Dora Mavor Moore Award), Health Class (1995, Dora Nomination), The Book of Miracles (1989), and Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (1998, Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers New Play Award).   

Craig became sole Artistic Director in 2001 and wrote Danny, King of the Basement (2001, Dora Mavor Moore Award, German Children’s Theatre Prize nomination), Smokescreen (2005), Rocket and the Queen of Dreams (2008, Dora Nomination) and Tough Case (2012).

Between 1990 and 1997, he produced, wrote, and performed his one man show Napalm the Magnificent at the Poor Alex Theatre in Toronto and at major theatres and festivals across Canada, including a commercial run at the John Houseman Theatre in Manhattan. The Toronto Sun declared the show “one of the ten best productions of the year.” He won a Chalmers Award for Outstanding New Play and a Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance (1997).

Other professional writing credits include: Booster McCrane, P.M. (Toronto Free Theatre, 1982), Journey from A.M.U. (1984, Dora Nomination) for the Metropolitan Toronto Special Committee on Child Abuse, Cue for Treason (Young People’s Theatre, 1986), Fires in the Night: The Story of the School on Wheels (Blyth Festival, 1998), Having Hope at Home (Blyth Festival, 2003), The Neverending Story (Seattle Children’s Theatre/Imagination Stage, 2007/08) and The Fan adapted from the Goldoni for the Odyssey Theatre (2011, winner of the 2012 Rideau Award for Best Adaptation).  

Craig has extensive credits in radio drama. He was the creator, story editor and principal writer for Booster McCrane, P.M. a fifteen-minute weekly political comedy series broadcast on CBC Radio’s 'Morningside.' Also, for CBC Radio’s ‘Metro Morning’, Craig created and wrote The Diamond Lane.

Danny, King of the Basement, Having Hope at Home, and Rites of Passage (which Craig edited and includes Smokescreen and Napalm the Magnificent) are published by Playwrights Canada Press.

He is married to the Gemini Award-winning actress Robin Craig and is the father of Andrew and Lorna.

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