A graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme in London, UK, Daniel Karasik (b. Dec. 20, 1986) is a 2014-15 Playwright-in-Residence at Whynot Theatre and the National Theatre School of Canada.
His plays have been produced professionally across Canada, in the United States, and frequently in translation in Germany. Current projects include a novel and new plays in development with Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, where he's an incoming playwright-in-residence, and Whynot Theatre; off-Broadway’s The New Group; and the Stratford Festival, from which he holds a commission.
He's the author of three books: The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, a volume of plays (Playwrights Canada Press), The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, a play for children (Playwrights Canada Press), and Hungry, a poetry collection (Cormorant Books). Little Death, a play, will be published by BookThug in April 2015 in tandem with its premiere production at Toronto’s Theatre Centre, while a short story collection, Faithful and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2017.
He has been the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, and the SummerWorks Performance Festival’s Jury Prize for Outstanding New Play; a finalist for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition; and a nominee for the National Magazine Awards, the Western Magazine Awards, and the Pushcart Prize. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Paprika Festival, and on the juries of the SummerWorks Performance Festival and the Governor General's Literary Awards (Drama).
His poems and stories have appeared in magazines across Canada and in the United States, England, and Ghana, including The Malahat Review, The North American Review, Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine, Magma, The New Quarterly, Descant, and The Fiddlehead. He has been a winner of the Toronto Star Poetry Contest, the Alta Lind Cook Prize, and the Norma Epstein National Literary Award, and he's one of eleven poets featured in the Cormorant Books anthology Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, ed. Robyn Sarah.
As an actor, Daniel has performed lead roles at the Tarragon Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, and Modern Times Stage Company, as well as in many new plays at the Toronto SummerWorks and Fringe Festivals. Film/TV acting credits include projects with NBC, CBS, CTV, CBC, Alliance Atlantis, Walt Disney Films, Lifetime Network, and in independent Canadian film.