Rod Hayward

Rod began his playwriting career creating radio drama for the C.B.C. His first stage play, And All the Kings’ Horses was produced by the Théâtre Anglais de Nice and remounted for the International Festival of Palermo, Sicily, before going on to enjoy productions in both Eastern and Western Canada.  His play Anglo became the longest running show in the history of Montreal theatre with the Toronto Star referring to it as “Montreal’s biggest English-language success since David Fennario’s Balconville” and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada calling it an “epitaph for an era”.

Rod has also written several plays for young audiences: Creation, a musical spoof on popular biblical myths, and  two one-acts on the issue of sexual harassment: Amy’s Story and Letters Home, which was performed in both Canadian and American Universities and then widely distributed for use as a classroom pedagogical tool. His latest work, Living in the Spaces, prior to its opening at Regina’s Globe Theatre was a finalist in the 2009 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest and among the four plays selected for inclusion in the Phoenix Theatre New Works Festival in 2010.  It has recently been cited among the three best new Canadian plays performed in the 2014-15 theatre season according to a Playwrights Guild of Canada jury.