Daniel Karasik

Daniel Karasik (b. December 20, 1986) is a writer, director, actor, and artistic director of the Toronto-based theatre company Tango Co.

His plays have been produced professionally across Canada, in the United States, and regularly in translation in Germany. Theatres that have produced or substantively developed his work include the Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Carousel Players, and Touchstone Theatre in Canada; Common Wealth Theatre, The Bridge Theatre Company, and the hotINK Festival in the United States; the Royal Court Theatre in the UK; and the Staatstheater Mainz and Hans Otto Theater in Germany. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme.

He is 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).

He has been the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction, The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, the SummerWorks Performance Festival’s Jury Prize for Outstanding New Play, and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award; 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 (poetry), the Western Magazine Awards (fiction), and the Pushcart Prize (fiction). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Paprika Festival, Canada's leading professional presenter of theatre by youth, and on the juries of the SummerWorks Performance Festival and the Governor General's Literary Awards (Drama). 

His poems and stories have appeared and are forthcoming 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, The Fiddlehead, One Ghana One Voice, Contemporary Verse 2, Queen’s Quarterly, and Per Contra. He has been a winner of the Toronto Star Poetry Contest, the Alta Lind Cook Prize, and the Norma Epstein National Literary Award – the latter two for the manuscript of his first novel – and is 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.