Michael Healey

Michael Healey trained as an actor at Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School in the mid-eighties. He began writing for the stage in the early nineties and his first play, a solo one-act called Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. He subsequently toured the play across Canada and internationally, and in 1998, it won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play.

The Drawer Boy, Healey's first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999 and won the Dora Award for Best New Play, a Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. It has been produced across North America and internationally, and it has been translated into German, French, Japanese, and Hindi.

His other plays include The Road to Hell (co-authored with Kate Lynch), Plan B, Rune Arlidge, The Innocent Eye Test, The Nuttalls, and Are You Okay. From 2008 to 2012, Michael created a trilogy of plays about Canadian values and politics, entitled Generous, Courageous, and Proud. His latest play is 1979, premiering at Alberta Theatre Projects in the spring of 2017. In all, his plays have won the Dora for Best New Play five times.

Michael has also adapted works by Shaw, Checkhov, Molnar, and Dürrenmatt. He continues to find work as an actor occasionally.