Frank Canino

Playwright Frank Canino has trained and worked in Canada, England, Poland, France and the U.S. as director, actor, teacher and dramaturg. Writing projects range from film scripts to musicals and dramas. His awards include a full Toronto Arts Council Grant and several grants from the Canada Council of the Arts, in addition to 30 citations for various scripts. His plays have been read and workshopped in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sarasota, Hartford, Oklahoma City, Anchorage and Memphis among other places.

He was a member at the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat where he developed The Swan Queen & The Radical Faerie and also The Morning Vigil. He has worked with Judith Thompson at Booming Ground and with Romulus Linney at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and was an invited member at the Last Frontier-Edward Albee Playwrights Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Other residencies include: Sage Hill Playwrights Lab, the Banff Radio Drama Workshop, the Humber Writers Workshop and the U. Of Toronto Writers' Workshop.

Several of his short pieces have been produced Off-Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Source/Homogenius Festival, Expanded Arts, Synchronicity Theatre Group, Myriad Arts Festival, Lamia Ink! Festival, and Theatrix Shorts Festival. Toronto productions include the New Ideas Festival, Festival of Original Theatre, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Frank has also written for the screen through the National Film Board's Video Drama Workshop and was script editor for Pacun Peras Productions for five years. His play, The Angelina Project, published by Guernica Editions , has been produced at universities from New York to Alaska and received its professional premiere at Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo. He also co-wrote the film version, Looking for Angelina, for OMNI Cablevision Canada which was produced by Platinum Image Films. It also had cinema showings in Ontario, and was invited to festivals in Montreal, Ontario, Italy and India. His original screenplay, The Reunion, won the WildSound International Competition.


Award Category Year Play
Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, ON People's Choice Award 2014
Filmmakers' Short Script and Literary Festival Second Round Qualifier 2014