Michael Healey

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Not to be confused with Michael Haley.

Michael Healey is a Canadian playwright and actor. He graduated from the acting programme at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School in 1985. His acting credits include the plays of Jason Sherman (The League of Nathans, Reading Hebron and Three in the Back, Two in the Head) and George F. Walker (The End of Civilization, Better Living).

Playwright[edit]

Healey trained as an actor at Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School in the mid -eighties. He began writing for the stage in the early nineties and his first play, a solo one-act called KICKED, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. He subsequently toured the play across Canada and internationally, and in 1998 it won a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto's theatre awards) as best new play.

THE DRAWER BOY, his first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999 and won the Dora for best new play, a Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. It has been produced across North America and internationally, and has been translated into German, French, Japanese and Hindi.

His other plays include THE ROAD TO HELL (co-authored with Kate Lynch), PLAN B, RUNE ARLIDGE, THE INNOCENT EYE TEST, THE NUTTALLS, and ARE YOU OKAY. From 2008 – 2012 he created a trilogy of plays about Canadian values and politics, entitled GENEROUS, COURAGEOUS, and PROUD. In all, his plays have won the Dora for best new play five times.

He has also adapted works by Shaw, Checkhov, Molnar, and, most recently, Dürrenmatt. He continues to find work as an actor occasionally.

Actor[edit]

Michael Healey has several TV acting credits, including a regular role as lawyer James Ryder on the CBC comedy-drama This Is Wonderland.[1][2]

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