Nicolas Billon

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Nicolas Billon
Born (1978-03-22) 22 March 1978 (age 36)
Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation Writer
Related to Pierre Billon
Information
Period 2003–present

Nicolas Billon (born March 22, 1978) is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his plays The Elephant Song, Greenland, and Iceland.

Biography[edit]

Nicolas Billon was born in Ottawa but grew up in Montréal.

The Elephant Song, his first play, premiered at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2004.[1] His second play, The Measure of Love, was produced there in 2005.

A member of the inaugural Soulpepper Academy, Nicolas's version of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters was produced at Soulpepper in 2007,[2] directed by László Marton. He also co-created BLiNK with the other members of the Academy for the Luminato Festival.[3]

In 2009, Billon joined the Tarragon Playwrights Unit. That June, his adaptation of Molière's The Sicilian was one of the hits of the Toronto Fringe Festival.[4][5]

A few months later, his play Greenland opened at the 2009 SummerWorks Theatre Festival. It was a critical and audience success,[6][7] and won both the Now Magazine Audience Choice Award and the SummerWorks Outstanding Production Award.[8] Later that year, Billon was voted one of the Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009 by Toronto's Now Magazine.[9]

He is the son of Johanne Archambault and writer Pierre Billon.

Billon was a finalist for and won the 2013 Governor General's Award for Drama for Fault Lines.[10]

His play The Elephant Song was adapted into the 2014 film Elephant Song, directed by Charles Binamé and starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, and Catherine Keener.[11]

Film[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • A Kindness (2012)
  • The Exit (2010)

Theatre[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • Butcher (2014)
  • Faroe Islands (2013)
  • Iceland (2012)
  • The Safe Word (2011)
  • Greenland (2009)
  • The Measure of Love (2005)
  • The Elephant Song (2004)

Adaptations[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

  • I'm So Close (2010)
  • BLiNK (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stratford Festival - Archives & History". Stratfordfestival.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ Kaplan, Jon. "Brand new Sister act | NOW Magazine". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ Kustanczy, Catherine (2008-06-09). "BLiNK and You’ll Miss it | news". Torontoist. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "NOW // Summerworks 2009 | NOW Magazine". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  7. ^ "SummerWorks Review: Greenland [The Greenland Collective]". The Panic Manual. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  8. ^ Sumi, Glenn. "SummerWorks standouts | NOW Magazine". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  9. ^ Kaplan, Jon (2012-01-03). "Jon Kaplan’s Top 10 Theatre Artists | NOW Magazine". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Get ready to read the GGreat books of 2013 | The Canada Council for the Arts". Canadacouncil.ca. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  11. ^ "TIFF 2014 to screen Xavier Dolan and Denys Arcand films". CBC News, August 6, 2014.

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