Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien was born on Saltspring Island, and grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and London, England. After collecting bits of paper from the University of Ottawa and the National Theatre School, he travelled across Canada on the Fringe circuit. His plays include The Last Temptation of Christopher Robin and Freaks: A Circus Tale with Music (National Arts Centre, Atelier); highly acclaimed stage versions of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist (Young Peoples Theatre); for Theatre Columbus he has created a new version of The Barber of Seville (Dora Award, Best Production of a Musical); and in 1996 his Viking epic Mad Boy Chronicle (Alberta Theatre Projects) was nominated for a Governor-General's Award for Drama. Recent works include Hard Times, adapted from Dickens for the National Arts Centre, and for CBC Radio, Shores of Wonder, inspired by the Norse Vinland Sagas, as well as adaptations of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid'ss Tale and The Blind Assassin. Still more recent works include: Restitution: an Irish Canadian Rhapsody (Factory Theatre, 2004), and a new adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man for The Shaw Festival (2006).