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Director, Lighted Rooms

Layne Coleman has spent over 40 years creating and advancing new Canadian plays. He is an actor, playwright, director and producer, with a theatre career that has spanned three continents. He has played “too many roles to count,” on the stages of Canadian theatres from coast to coast. These include Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, The National Arts Centre and CanStage.

Mr. Coleman was a co-founder of Saskatchewan’s legendary 25th Street Theatre and was its Artistic Director from 1980-83. From 1999 to 2007 he was Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille, Canada’s oldest alternative theatre entirely devoted to the development and production of new Canadian plays.

Mr. Coleman’s work in film includes his time as a resident screenwriter at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto which he joined shortly after it was founded by director Norman Jewison.  In 2010, he co-wrote/directed, and co-produced the feature film The Shape of Rex, which was released in 2013.

In 2007, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts awarded Mr. Coleman The Silver Ticket Award for lifetime achievement. He is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Performance and a recipient of the Toronto Arts Council’s Rita Davies Award for contributions to the arts in Toronto. He is a National Magazine Award nominee for his story Oasis of Hope, which ran in The Walrus.