Brian Quirt (Director)

Brian is the Artistic Director of Nightswimming, and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. As a director, his credits include premieres of these Nightswimming commissions: Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy (2014/15/17 national tour) and Same Same But Different (Theatre Passe Muraille/Alberta Theatre Projects), Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box (2012-2014 national tour), Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black (Cahoots Theatre and tour), Judith Thompson’s Such Creatures (Theatre Passe Muraille), Andy Massingham’s Rough House (national tour) and Richard Sanger’s Whispering Pines (GCTC). He has created eight of his own plays, most recently Why We Are Here! (with Martin Julien; Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo), and These Are The Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad (with Jane Miller; Vancouver’s Boca del Lupo). He is the current Board Chair and a past-President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and two-time recipient of LMDA’s Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. He has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards; one for his adaptation (with Soheil Parsa) of Aurash, and three for directing, including Anita’s Boys With Cars at Young People’s Theatre.

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