MacIvor in 2013
|Born||July 23, 1962|
Daniel MacIvor (born 23 July 1962), an award-winning Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director. He is probably best known for his acting roles in independent films and the edgy sitcom Twitch City.
MacIvor started the theatre company da da kamera in Toronto - in residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - for whom he has written, directed, and acted. He is now one of Canada's best known playwrights. His plays include Never Swim Alone, This is a Play, Monster, Marion Bridge, You are Here, Cul-de-sac, and A Beautiful View. Five of MacIvor's plays were published as I Still Love You in 2006, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of da da kamera, (Never Swim Alone, The Soldier Dreams, You are Here, In on It, and A Beautiful View), and won MacIvor a coveted Governor General's Award for Drama.
Solo theatre work
MacIvor is particularly well known for a series of solo shows created in collaboration with director Daniel Brooks. These include House, Here Lies Henry, Monster and Cul-de-sac. These incorporate a minimalist and meta-theatrical style. In House and Here Lies Henry, MacIvor portrays one character who speaks directly to the audience, acknowledging their presence. While the direct address of the audience continues in Monster and Cul-de-sac, MacIvor portrays several characters throughout the course of the piece and this direct address is occasionally broken up by dialogue between these characters.
Recently, MacIvor has written, co-written and directed several independent films, which are usually made in his home province of Nova Scotia. They include Past Perfect, Marion Bridge, Whole New Thing and Wilby Wonderful. His appearances include The Five Senses.
Awards and honors
In addition to winning the Governor General's Award for Drama in 2006, MacIvor has won other notable awards during his career.
In 1998, MacIvor won the award for overall excellence at the New York International Fringe Festival for his play Never Swim Alone.
In 2002, his play In On It earned him a GLAAD award and a Village Voice Obie Award.
In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, which is a Canadian theatre award that recognizes Canadians for their work in the areas of design, direction and playwriting in Canada.
In 1993, MacIvor was awarded a Genie for his short film The Fairy Who Didn’t Want to be a Fairy Anymore. 
Selected theatre work
- See Bob Run (1989), da da kamera, directed by Ken McDougall
- Yes I Am and Who Are You? (1989), Buddies in Bad Times, directed by Edward Roy
- Wild Abandon (1990), Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by Vinetta Strombergs
- Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (1990), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Andy McKim
- Never Swim Alone (1991), da da kamera, directed by Ken McDougall
- 2-2 Tango (1991), Buddies in Bad Times, directed by Ken McDougall
- Jump (1992), Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by Daniel Brooks
- This is a Play (1992), da da kamera, directed by Ken MacDougall
- The Lorca Play (1992), da da kamera, co-directed by MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
- In On It (2000), Edinburgh Festival, directed by MacIvor
- Cul-de-Sac (2003), da da Kamera, directed by Daniel Brooks
- A Beautiful View (2006), da da kamera
- How It Works (2007), Tarragon Theatre
- The Best Brothers (2012), Stratford Shakespeare Festival
- MacIver, Daniel (26 November 2009). (Interview). "An interview with Daniel MacIvor". GayVancouver.net. http://www.gayvancouver.net/theatre-2009/playwright-daniel-macivor-talks-about-his-new-gaysploitation-teen-revenge-thriller-screenplay-and-other-things.
- The Canada Council for the Arts - The Canada Council for the Arts announces the winners of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Awards
- da da kamera- DanielMacIvor.com