Andrew Kushnir is a playwright, actor, and community arts worker. He is a Playwright-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre, creative director of Project: Humanity (PH), an organization raising awareness of social issues through the arts. His produced plays include Captain Princess, foto, and The Middle Place, which is a piece of verbatim theatre about youth homelessness that originally played at SummerWorks. The Middle Place has since toured Toronto high schools, was produced for general audiences by Theatre Passe Muraille and Canadian Stage, and has been toured nationally by PH to GCTC and the Belfry. It received two SummerWorks Jury Prizes, the 2011 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Production of a Play and earned Andrew a Dora nomination for Outstanding New Play. Along with the Tarragon, he is developing new work in residence at the Theatre Centre (with Alan Dilworth) and at Buddies in Bad Times with The Gay Heritage Project collective (which he co-founded with Paul Dunn and Damien Atkins). As a performer, Andrew has worked for Catalyst Theatre, The Globe, Theatre Network, Canadian Stage, the Citadel, Theatre Calgary, the Vancouver Playhouse, YPT, Studio 180, and Buddies, among others. He has spent a season at Shaw, River City Shakespeare and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program as well as a Loran Scholar.
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