Florence Gibson MacDonald
Florence was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. She has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and genetics and an M.D. She practised medicine in the Arctic, Hong Kong and East Africa before returning to Canada to practice and eventually write full-time. Her internationally produced play Belle was short-listed for a British Council International Playwriting Award before its premiere at Factory Theatre, Toronto, in 2000. It was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and won a Chalmers Canadian Play Award. Home is My Road, produced in 2003, won the Carol Bolt National Award for drama, 2004. For CBC radio she has written A Recipe for Tomato Butter and the radio drama Missing You, (Love) , which as adapted for stage and premiered in Toronto, 2009. Missing won the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, 2005. Her hit play, i think i Can, told through tap dance and co-created with choreographer Shawn Byfield, was nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won for Outstanding New Musical in 2007. It was remounted and toured in 2011. How Do I Love Thee? premiered in Calgary at Alberta Theatre Projects in February, 2010 and was shortlisted for a Betty Award for best new play. Augury won the ATP/Enbridge Playwrights Award, 2009. Her first screen play, A Man Like Me, received honourable mention at the 2008 Praxis Screenwriting Awards. As playwright in residence at the Stratford Festival she worked on Love Handles, her one-woman show that received a Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award honourable mention in 2009. Florence was nominated for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize. She is completing her novel, Stout and working on her commissioned play, Bully for You, for YPT.