• Biography



    Don Hannah lives in Toronto and Lunenburg County. His novels, The Wise and Foolish Virgins (Thomas Raddall Nomination) and Ragged Islands (2008 Thomas Raddall winner) are published by Knopf Canada. His plays include The Wedding Script (Chalmers Award), Rubber Dolly, Running Far Back, The Wooden Hill (AT&T OnStage Award), and Fathers and Sons. Shoreline, a collection of his plays, is published by Simon and Pierre and is available through U of T Press. He has been writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, the University of New Brunswick, for the Yukon Public Library Service, and at UBC's Green College. He was the inaugural Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta where he wrote While We're Young, recently published by Playwrights Canada Press. He has written two musicals with singer/songwriter David Sereda, Love Jive and Siren Song, both for the Tarragon Theatre. Facing South, his opera, with composer Linda Catlin Smith, premiered at the 2003 World Stage Festival. For five years he was the director of the Tarragon Young Playwrights Unit. As a dramaturge, he has worked at the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), the National Theatre School, Vancouver's Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. A founding member of PARC, he is also a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. In 2008, he directed his play There is a Land of Pure Delight at Live Bait Theatre; his one man show The Woodcutter was produced in 2010 at the Working Title Festival in Edmonton. His second one person show, The Cave Painter was produced in 2011, and was awarded the 2012 Carol Bolt Award by the Playwrights Guild. Both one person shows are published by Playwrights Canada Press.

    Representation (Fiction):
    Anne McDermid & Associates
    64 Bloem Ave
    Toronto, ON M6E 1S1
    Send inquiries to info [at] mcdermidagency [dot] com

    Representation (Theatre):
    Michael Petrasek
    The Talent House
    204 A St. George Street
    Toronto, ON M5R 2N5
    michael [at] talenthouse [dot] ca
    416 960 9686


    • While We're Young. Playwrights Canada Press. ISBN 978-0887548772.

    • Ragged Islands. Knopf Canada, ISBN 978-0-676-97791-2. Vintage Canada, ISBN 978-0-676-97792-9.

    • The Wise and Foolish Virgins. Vintage Canada, ISBN 978-0-676-97199-6.

    • Shoreline: Three Plays. Rubber Dolly, Running Far Back, Fathers and Sons. With an introduction by Urjo Kareda, Simon & Pierre, ISBN 0-88924-290-9

    • Voices from France. Edited by Maureen LaBonte, Banff Centre Press, ISBN 1-894773-25-X.

    • Five French plays in translation, includes Le Phare by Timothe de Fombelle, English Version, The Lighthouse, by Don Hannah, from a line, translation by Glen Nichols.

    • In The Lobster Capital of The World. Playwrights Canada, ISBN 0-88754-490-a CIP

    • The Cave Painter & The Woodcutter. Playwrights Canada Press, ISBN 978-1-77091-129-1

    • Winner of the 2008 Thomas Head Raddall Award for Atlantic Fiction'; 'Ragged Islands'

      Winner of the 2012 Carol Bolt Award fir Drama; 'The Cave Painter'