THE REACH MENTORSHIP AND RESIDENCY FOR THE ARTS (SHEVCHENKO FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE IHNATOWYCZ FAMILY FOUNDATION)
Andrew Kushnir is a playwright, actor and director who lives in Toronto. He was previously playwright-in-residence at Tarragon from 2011-2016, during which time his play Wormwood premiered under the direction of Richard Rose. Since 2012, he has been artistic director of Project: Humanity, a company specializing in documentary theatre and other community-engaged arts practices. Andrew’s produced plays include The Middle Place (Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award, Best Production), Small Axe, The Gay Heritage Project (co-created with Paul Dunn and Damien Atkins, named best show of 2013 by NOW Magazine) and Freedom Singer (co-created with Khari Wendell McClelland). His most recent work Towards Youth: a play on radical hope premiered in February 2019 in a co-production between Project: Humanity and Crow’s Theatre. Andrew is a 4-time Dora Award nominee and one time recipient. As an actor, he has performed in over three dozen professional productions. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta (Alumni Horizon Award), a Loran Scholar, and a recent member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival. In 2019, he became the inaugural recipient of the REACH Residency prize, awarded by the Shevchenko Foundation.