Morris Panych

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Morris Panych
Born Morris Stephen Panych
1952 (age 65–66)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Playwright, Director, Actor
Nationality Canadian
Notable works 7 Stories, Vigil, The Dishwashers, Lawrence & Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
Partner Ken MacDonald

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

Early life[edit]

Paynch 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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