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Dixon, Sean

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Sean Dixon

Playwright, novelist, actor, banjoist, graduated in 1988 from the National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal. In 1989 he was co-founder of Primus Theatre, Winnipeg. He has also been playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre.

His plays include: Dog Day (collective), Primus Theatre, 1989, directed by Richard Fowler; Falling Back Home, Exploded Satellite, Toronto 1990, directed by Greg Spottiswood; Alkoremmi (collective), Primus Theatre, 1991, directed by Richard Fowler; Six (writers' collective), Crow's Theatre, Toronto, directed by Denise Clarke; The End of the World Romance, Blyth Festival, directed by Greg Spottiswood; 1492, Theatre Columbus, Toronto 1992, directed by Leah Cherniak (Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee 1992, Best New Play); The Night Room (collective), Primus Theatre, 1993, directed by Richard Fowler; District of Centuries, Invisible City, Toronto 1995, directed by Peter Hinton (Chalmers Award nominee 1995); The Painting, Invisible City, 1995, directed by Tanja Jacobs; Falling Back Home, revised; Sam's Last Dance, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Toronto, 1997, directed by Jim Warren; The Convict Lover (collective), Theatre Passe Muraille, 1998, directed by Layne Coleman; Billy Nothin' Skam, Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festivals 1999, directed by Amiel Gladstone (People's Choice Award - outstanding playwright, Vancouver Fringe 1999); The Finance Minister's Mother, Factory Theatre October Works Fest 1999, directed by Sue Miner; Love, the Flower, Under the Gun, Vancouver 1999, directed by Amiel Gladstone; The Courtship, Brief New Works, Calgary 2000, directed by Vanessa Porteous; Death of the Hired Man (collective), Blyth 2000, directed by Paul Thompson; Aerwacol, Skam, Victoria, Toronto, Vancouver 2000, directed by Ami Gladstone; The Epic Period, Factory Theatre, 2001, directed by Brian Quirt; The Outdoor Donnellys (collective), Blyth 2001, directed by Paul Thompson.

In 1997 Falling Back Home, directed by Brian Quirt for Artrage, was produced in Perth Australia.

More recently, A God in Need of Help, an imaginative story of the transportation of an altarpiece from Venice across the Alps, was produced at Tarragon (dir. Richard Rose). It was nominated for a Governor Generalís Award. The Orange Dot premiered at Theatrefront in 2017 (dir. Vikki Anderson). Two city workers waiting for equipment to arrive so they can cut down a large tree blighted with termites talk, flirt, google with their smart phones, and argue, until their relationship turns into a gender war.

His radio plays The Running Woman, CBC radio out front, 2000; and The Golden Louis, CBC Radio Drama, were both directed by Sally Han.

Published works include: Aerwacol (greenboathouse books); AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM (Coach House Books); A God In Need of Help (Coach House Books); The Wilberforce Hotel (Scirocco); Jumbo (Scirocco); Orphan Song (Scirocco); five novels and a childrenís picture book.

Last updated 2023-04-13