Marcus Youssef


Marcus’ plays: Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil, Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings (with Guillermo Verdecchia and Camyar Chai), Everyone (Unmet Obligation), Adrift, 3299: Forms in Order, Peter Panties (with Niall McNeil), Apathy House and A Line in the Sand (with Guillermo Verdecchia), as well as installation performance events for HIVE’s I and II and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

They have been produced across North America, Australia and Europe, are published by Talonbooks and Playwrights Canada Press, and have been translated into Czech and Italian. They have received the Alcan Performing Arts Award, Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award, the Seattle Times Footlight Award, as well as numerous local awards, including the Vancouver Sun Critics’ Choice Innovation Award. 2011/12 creation projects include co-creating Winners and Losers with James Long, and writing Before We Get Into the Event, based on the journals his mother kept through her Alzheimers’ disease (an Arts Club Silver Commission).

Marcus also performs. He’s had the pleasure of acting for and with: The Belfry Theatre, Green Thumb, the Vancouver Playhouse, PTC, Rumble, Leaky Heaven, Neworld, Pound of Flesh, Pacific Theatre, and CityOpera Vancouver, among others. As a director, Marcus’ 2009 production of Are We There Yet? won 3 Jessie Richardson Awards, including outstanding direction and production. Marcus is co-artistic producer of Neworld Theatre and artistic associate of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

In other worlds: his fiction and non-fiction have been broadcast on many CBC radio and TV programs, including the Roundup where he was Writer in Residence; and published in Coming Attractions (Oberon), Grain, the Vancouver Sun, This Magazine, GEIST, Vancouver Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Theatre Review, The Tyee, and Crank Magazine, which Marcus co-founded with Matt Hern in 1999. He teaches and lectures across the country, at places like the National Theatre School of Canada, Studio 58, Queen’s, U of A, UBC, as well as with numerous community-based organizations.

Marcus is currently co-artistic producer of Neworld Theatre in Vancouver and artistic associate of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa. In 2009, with three other indie theatre partners, Neworld also co-founded PL 1422, a 6,000 square foot cultural production hub just off Commercial Drive. He lives nearby with his partner Amanda Fritzlan and their two sons, Zak and Oscar.


Award Category Year Play
Chalmers Canadian Play 1997 A Line in the Sand
Alcan Performing Arts Theatre 2006 Adrift
Seattle Times Footlight Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil 2007