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Donnard MacKenzie

Donard MacKenzie is a playwright, actor and educator, whose work has been produced across Western Canada and as far away as Australia. He has acted with various Vancouver theatre companies and is currently Artistic Director of Origins Theatre Projects.

In 2015, he defended his PhD dissertation at UBC in Narrative and Drama Education and he is also a graduate of UBC’s prestigious MFA in Creative Writing and recipient of the Malcom Lowry Award. He has worked with students of all ages in community and Kindergarten to Grade 12 school settings. Donard utilizes drama and improv theatre games as a means to help students write on their feet and he believes writing is fun work. His favourite book as a child was Where the Wild Things Are and he enjoys writing on coming of age themes. His family is originally from Ireland and he may have got his love of storytelling from his grandmother. He grew up in on the west coast of Canada, and enjoys swimming at the beach, anytime of the year.


PUBLISHED WORK

Select publications
~ Whispers from the Source (in review) Journal of Poetry Therapy
~ Naming the Shadows: research drama about Shakespeare education in primary class, (2011): Canadian Journal of Practice Based Research in Theatre
~ Keats to Armours and other Swimming Lessons (2015): Coast Reporter, July 23, 2015

Select conference presentations on writing
~ Making the Invisible Visible: The Process of Playwriting. Theatre and Cognition Conference, Cork Ireland, May 22-24 (2014)
~ Huston’s Foxhunt. Excerpt from the Freudian Palimpsest of Monty and John, Canadian Association of Theatre Research, University of Victoria, (June, 2013)

Select stage writing productions
~ Monty and John: A Freudian Palimpsest, Workshop Production, University of Alberta, Arts Based Research Studio, March, 2015, Directed by Stephen Heatley
~ On the Way Home, various venues, Origins Theatre Projects
~ Thomas at Mile Zero: a full length play in workshop production, Dorothy Somerset Studio/Origins Theatre Projects, 2008
~ Diary of a Madman adaption of Gogol short story, Fringe Festival Pick (Edmonton Sun, 1988)
~ The Poet, The Friend, and The Dark Lady, Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets (Winnipeg Free Press, 1994)

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