Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch has been dubbed “an indie sensation” by Toronto Life Magazine; “the wunderkind of Canadian theatre” by CBC Radio; “irritatingly talented” by Eye Weekly; and the “dark angel of Toronto theatre” by Toronto Star. The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Now Magazine have all hailed Hannah as “Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright”.

Hannah possesses a unique ability to combine the tragic, the humorous and the shocking while also delivering an intellectually and emotionally complex work. The Globe and Mail hailed The Russian Play as “that rarest of all theatrical experiments: a clever satire with a beating heart”, while Variety Magazine’s review of East of Berlin noted that “[Moscovitch is] not afraid to plunge right through areas that others might consider poor taste in order to come out the other side in search of a deeper truth.”

In 2016, Hannah became the first Canadian playwright to with the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She's also the first playwright to win Ontario's Trillium Book Award (2014). Other accolades include the Gascon-Thomas Award, the Toronto Critic’s Award for Best Canadian Play, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and the SummerWorks Prize for Best Production. Her work has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Carol Bolt Award, the Toronto Arts Council Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the K.M Hunter Award, and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Hannah’s writing for the stage includes Bunny, Infinity, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, East of Berlin, This is War, Little One, Other People’s Children, The Russian Play, The Huron Bride (a ghost story) and In This World (for young audiences). Hannah’s plays have been produced in Australia, Japan, Greece, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Britain and the United States, as well as across Canada, including at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the National Arts Centre, the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Yukon Arts Centre,Banff Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Theatre Network, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Neptune Theatre, Persephone Theatre,and Alberta Theatre Projects among others.

Hannah’s opera with award-winning composer Lembit Beecher,I have no stories to tell you, commissioned by the Gotham Chamber Opera, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in February of 2014. She's also written for television: CTV/Muse/Back Alley's Played and CBC/Temple Streets X Company. 

Hannah is a playwright-in-residence at Canada’s leading new works company, Tarragon Theatre.

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Award Category Year Play
Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding Production TYA 2010 2010 In This World