Daniel MacIvor

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Daniel MacIvor
Daniel MacIvor.jpg
MacIvor in 2013
Born (1962-07-23) July 23, 1962 (age 54)
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, playwright, director
Spouse(s) Paul Goulet (2006–?)

Daniel MacIvor (born July, 23 1962), is a 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 was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and educated at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and then at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario.[citation needed] MacIvor is openly gay.[1] He married Paul Goulet in 2006;[1][2] they have since separated.[citation needed]



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.[3]

Solo theatre work[edit]

MacIvor is particularly well known for a series of solo shows created in collaboration with director Daniel Brooks[citation needed]. 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.

The first three of these pieces were staged at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in the 2006/2007 season as part of a tribute and retrospective of da da kamera's work.[4]


In his early film work, MacIvor frequently collaborated with director Laurie Lynd, including on the short films RSVP (1991) and The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy Anymore (1992), and the feature film House (1995).

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[edit]

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.[5]

In 2002, his play In On It earned him a GLAAD award and a Village Voice Obie Award.[5]

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.[6]

Selected theatre work[edit]

  • 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
  • House (1992), da da kamera and the Factory Theatre
  • 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
  • Sessions (1995), Tarragon Theatre, with Daniel Brooks and Clare Coulter
  • Here Lies Henry (1995), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • The Soldier Dreams (1997), da da kamera at Canadian Stage Company
  • Marion Bridge (1998), Mulgrave Road Theatre and da da kamera
  • Monster (1998), da da kamera at Canadian Stage Company, directed by Daniel Brooks
  • In On It (2000), Edinburgh Festival, directed by MacIvor
  • You Are Here (2001), da da kamera in association with Theatre Passe Muraille
  • Cul-de-Sac (2003), da da Kamera, directed by Daniel Brooks
  • A Beautiful View (2006), da da kamera, directed by Daniel MacIvor
  • How It Works (2007), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Daniel MacIvor
  • His Greatness (2007), Vancouver Arts Club, directed by Linda Moore
  • Confession (2008), Mulgrave Road Theatre, directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
  • Communion (2010), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Daniel MacIvor
  • This Is What Happens Next (2010), Canstage, directed by Daniel Brooks
  • Bingo! (2011), Mulgrave Road Theatre
  • Was Spring (2012), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Daniel MacIvor
  • The Best Brothers (2012), Stratford Shakespeare Festival, directed by Dean Gabourie
  • Arigato, Tokyo (2013), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, directed by Brendan healy
  • Small Things (2014), Prairie Theatre Exchange, directed by Robert Metcalfe
  • Who Killed Spalding Gray? (2014), Magnetic North Theatre Festival
  • Cake & Dirt (2015), Tarragon Theatre, directed by Amiel Gladstone


  1. ^ a b MacIver, Daniel (26 November 2009). An interview with Daniel MacIvor. GayVancouver.net. (Interview). 
  2. ^ "From A Beautiful View to a whole new venue". Edmonton Journal. September 19, 2007. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  3. ^ "The Canada Council for the Arts announces the winners of the 2006 Governor General's Literary Awards". Government of Canada. November 21, 2006. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  4. ^ da da kamera- DanielMacIvor.com
  5. ^ a b http://danielmacivor.com/wordpress/?cat=2
  6. ^ "Playwright Daniel MacIvor wins $100,000 Siminovitch Prize". CBC News. October 27, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 

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