Morris Panych

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Morris Panych
BornMorris Stephen Panych
1952 (age 65–66)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
OccupationPlaywright, Director, Actor
Notable works7 Stories, Vigil, The Dishwashers, Lawrence & Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
PartnerKen MacDonald

Morris Stephen Panych (born 30 June 1952) is a Canadian playwright, director and actor.

Early life[edit]

Panych was born in Calgary and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia.


  • The Ends of the Earth (1994)
  • Vigil (1996)[1] (adapted for the British stage as Auntie and Me)
  • Lawrence & Holloman
  • Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (2003)
  • Earshot
  • 7 Stories
  • Dishwashers
  • Still Laughing: Three Adaptations by Morris Panych (2009), Panych's adaptations of:
    • The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol
    • Hotel Peccadillo by Georges Feydeau and Mauric Desvallières
    • The Amorous Adventures of Anatol by Arthur Schnitzler
  • The Trespassers (2010)
  • Gordon (2011)
  • In Absentia (2012)
  • The Shoplifters (2014)
  • Sextet (2014)
  • The Waiting Room (2015)[2]

He has directed nearly one hundred theatre and opera productions, including most of his own works, and the Prix Italia nominated The Overcoat, plus several music videos and Da Vinci's Inquest. He won the 1994 Governor General's Award for Drama for The Ends of the Earth, and the 2004 Governor General's Award for Drama for Girl in the Goldfish Bowl.

Personal life[edit]

Openly gay, Panych married his longtime partner, Ken MacDonald, in 2004.[3]


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  2. ^ "Morris Panych and John Mann's The Waiting Room a labour of love". The Georgia Straight, October 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Thomas, Colin (February 17, 2005), "Morris Panych Pens an Homage to Work", The Georgia Straight, retrieved 2007-11-14

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