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Jordan Tannahill


Writers: Playwrights

Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals, and galleries across Canada and internationally.

Jordan has been alternatively described in the press as 'the future of Canadian theatre' (NOW Magazine), 'the hottest name in Canadian theatre' (Montreal Gazette), and 'the posterchild of a new generation for whom 'interdiscplinary' is not a buzzword but a way of life' (The Globe and Mail).

His plays have been honoured with various prizes including the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Drama for his book AGE OF MINORITY: THREE SOLO PLAYS, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards for ‘Outstanding New Play’ for RIHANNABOI95 in 2013 and CONCORD FLORAL in 2015. Concord Floral also received the 2015 Carol Bolt Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General's Award for Drama. In 2016 BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE & SUNDAY IN SODOAM won the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for 'Best New Play' and its production at Canadian Stage received the Dora Award for ‘Outstanding Production’.

From 2008 - 2016, Jordan wrote and directed plays through Suburban Beast, a Toronto-based theatre company he founded with Rae Powell and later ran with Erin Brubacher. The company’s work was staged in theatres, art galleries, a car garage, Honest Ed’s discount emporium, a frat house and YouTube, and frequently involved performances by non-traditional performers.

From 2012 - 2016, in collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan ran the alternative art space Videofag out of their home in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood. Over the four years of it’s operation, Videofag became an influential hub for queer and avant-garde work in Canada. Jordan’s production of Sheila Heti's All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, produced and directed with Erin Brubacher, premiered at Videofag in 2013 and went on to sold-out productions at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre's World Stage and New York City's The Kitchen in 2015.

His book THEATRE OF THE UNIMPRESSED: IN SEARCH OF VITAL DRAMA, published by Coach House Press in 2015, was called “essential reading for anyone interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance” by The Globe and Mail. It is currently on the curriculum of several North American universities.

As a filmmaker, Jordan's work has been presented in festivals and galleries the world over including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tribeca Film Festival. He is currently working with filmmaker Stephen Dunn on adapting his play BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE for the screen.

Jordan has also worked in dance, choreographing and performing with Christopher House in MARIENBAD for the Toronto Dance Theatre in 2016 and choreographing House in the 2014 solo ROUGH HOUSE, also for the Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2015 he wrote the text for The Dietrich Group's THIS IS A COSTUME DRAMA, which premiered at Harbourfront Centre's World Stage.

His latest play, DECLARATIONS, premiered at Canadian Stage in January 2018. His virtual reality performance DRAW ME CLOSE, produced by the National Theatre (UK) and the National Film Board of Canada, was shown at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and will come to the Young Vic at the start of 2019.