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MacDonald, Josh 1971–

MacDonald, Josh 1971–

PERSONAL: Born September 23, 1971, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada; son of George Wayne (a psychologist) and Susan (a speech pathologist; maiden name, Barrett) MacDonald; married Francine Deschepper (an actress), May 1, 2004. Education: Concordia University, B.F.A. (with distinction), 1993.

ADDRESSES: Home—3 Esson Rd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2H7, Canada. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writer and actor. Author of stage plays, screenplays, and television scripts; Two Planks and a Passion Theater, writer-in-residence, 2000–01. Actor in films, including short films Degrees, Panacus Productions, 1995; and Deadlines, Chronicle Pictures, 1997. Stage appearances include solo performance piece Degrees, Festival Antigonish, 1994. Also appeared as John Murray, Two Minutes of Silence, TK Productions; as Tony, Flying on Her Own, Neptune Theater; as Billy, High Life, Neptune Theater; as Harry Baby, The Poor Farm, Chester Playhouse; as Adam Canning, Someone Who'll Watch over Me, Stephenville Theater, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; as Doody, Grease! (musical), Stephenville Festival; as Jim Solkowitz, Brat, Neptune Theater; as Anthony Marston, And Then There Were None, Neptune Theater; as David, Westray: Long Way Home, Two Planks and a Passion Theater; and as Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde in the Streets Theater. Appeared in films and television presentations, including roles in television series Black Harbour and Made in Canada; performer for radio programs; appeared in commercials. High school playwriting instructor, 2002–03; judge for Atlantic Film Festival and Writers Federation of Nova Scotia.

MEMBER: Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists, Canadian Actors' Equity Association, Playwright's Atlantic Resource Centre (dramaturge).

AWARDS, HONORS: Award for best actor, Atlantic Film Festival, and prizes from Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and Canadian One-Act Playwriting Competition, all for film Degrees; Regional Award for Excellence, Canadian Cable Association, 1997, for radio spot announcements promoting Canadian national census; grant from H. Greenberg Fund, 2000.


(And director) Degrees (solo performance piece; also see below), Festival Antigonish, 1994.

(And co-director and coproducer) Degrees (short film), Panacus Productions, 1997.

(And coproducer) Deadlines (short film), Chronicle Pictures, 1997.

Ties That Bind (television drama), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), 2000.

The Prez (screenplay), 2000.

Dealer (television drama), Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Halo (stage play; produced at Two Planks and a Passion Theater), Talonbooks (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 2002.

(Story editor) Fuel (screenplay), Monster Productions, 2003.

Whereverville (stage play; produced at Two Planks and a Passion Theater), Talonbooks (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 2004.

Purgatory, N.S. (screenplay), 2004.

Writer of episodes for animated television series Olliver's Adventures, Teletoon, 2003; author of "Now Playing," episode of Adventures in Rep Cinema, CBC, 1999.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Screenplays, including Over Under Through; Vanishing Act; and The Corridor; story editor for television series Cheap Draft, Bad Language, Fast Cars …, for Monster Productions.



From Artillery to Zuppa Circus: Recorded Memory of Theatre Life in Nova Scotia, (August 13, 2004), "Josh MacDonald, Actor/Playwright: Interview."

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