Daniel Brooks

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Daniel Brooks (born 23 June 1958) is a Canadian theatre director, actor and playwright. He is well known in the Toronto theatre scene for his innovative productions and script-writing collaborations.

Early life[edit]

Brooks was born in Toronto, Ontario.


Brooks collaborated in the creation of several solo shows by Daniel MacIvor, including House, Here Lies Henry and Monster.[1]

He worked with Guillermo Verdecchia to develop The Noam Chomsky Lectures and Insomnia. In 2001, Brooks was the recipient of the inaugural Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.[2]

In 2007, Brooks wrote a play called The Eco Show.[3] Director of the Necessary Angel theatre company, in 2011 he worked with Michael Ondaatje to create a play based on Ondaatje's novel Divisadero.[4]

A further collaboration with MacIvor, Who Killed Spalding Gray?, premiered in 2014 at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1] He directed Oedipus Rex at Stratford Festival in 2015.[3] In 2016, Brooks staged a version of Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, adapted to a modern setting.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Two Daniels’ latest collaboration conjures the dead". Toronto Star, November 28, 2016. Karen Fricker.
  2. ^ "Crow's Theatre artistic director Chris Abraham wins prestigious Siminovitch Prize". Toronto Star. Richard Ouzounian, Oct. 21, 2013
  3. ^ a b " Stratford’s Oedipus Rex wrings the full emotional power from this ancient play". J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 24, 2015
  4. ^ "How Michael Ondaatje and Daniel Brooks made 'Divisadero' into a play". Kate Taylor, Toronto — The Globe and Mail, Feb. 04, 2011
  5. ^ "Daniel Brooks’s Soulpepper production of A Doll’s House loses itself in attempts to stay contemporary". National Post, Robert Cushman | August 16, 2016
  6. ^ "Modernized Doll's House gets feminist message across: review". Toronto Star, Carly Maga, July 28, 2016