Morris Panych, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights and directors, makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in October 2012 as director of Verdi's Macbeth.
Mr. Panych's plays have garnered countless awards including two Governor General's Literary Awards for Drama (for The Ends of the Earth and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl) Canada's most prestigious literary honour, fourteen Jessie Richardson Awards, three Sidney Riske Writing Awards and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Productions of the much lauded Vigil (Auntie and Me), Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Lawrence and Hollowman are currently being mounted throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, 7 Stories was staged in Toronto at The Canadian Stage Company in early 2010. His play Gordon premiered in Montreal to rave reviews and received its west coast premiere at the Arts Club in the spring of 2012 with Morris at the helm. His newest work, In Absentia, premiered at Centaur Theatre in Montreal in 2012.
Panych's groundbreaking work The Overcoat is currently touring worldwide to great acclaim and its film version, which Mr. Panych also directed, won an honourable mention at the Prix Italia. His plays have been produced in over a dozen languages; he has written twenty-five works for the stage.
Mr. Panych's opera directing credits include The Threepenny Opera and Susannah, both for Vancouver Opera. He has directed over 100 theatre productions across Canada including Parfumerie, The Government Inspector, Blithe Spirit (Soulpepper), Art, Take me Out, Vigil, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd, Hysteria (Canadian Stage Company), The Doctor's Dilemma, A Little Night Music, Nothing Sacred, You Never Can Tell, Design for Living (Shaw Festival), Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, The Dishwashers, Benevolence (Tarragon Theatre). The much lauded A.C.T. (San Francisco) production of Vigil starring Olympia Dukakis and Mario Barricelli was remounted at the Mark Taper Theatre in Los Angeles in fall 2011.
Acting credits include guest starring roles on Just Cause, Da Vinci's Inquest, Beggars and Choosers, Cold Squad, and a recurring role on the hit series The X-Files as well as over 50 stage productions. He starred in a highly successful production of Vigil at Vancouver Playhouse recently and was featured in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Birdland Theatre in Toronto.
Mr. Panych made his Stratford Shakespeare Festival directorial debut in 2008 with his highly successful adaptation of Moby Dick, followed by The Trespassers the following season. In the same year he premiered two new works, Benevolence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and The Amorous Adventures of Anatole at The Vancouver Playhouse.
Mr. Panych makes his home in Toronto. Visit his website to see commentary, design images, and photos for Pacific Opera's production of Macbeth.