Wajdi Mouawad

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Wajdi Mouawad, OC (born 1968) is a Lebanese-Canadian writer, actor and director born in Lebanon in 1968. After living in France for a short time, he moved to Quebec in 1983.


He obtained his diploma from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1991.

In 1998, his creation Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes (Willy Protagoras locked up in the toilets) was voted best Montreal-based production by l'Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre.

From 2000 to 2004, he led the Théâtre de Quat'sous in Montreal. He has adapted different works for the theatre, from Don Quixote to Trainspotting.

He was awarded the Governor General's Award in Literature for drama in 2000. In 2002, the French Government bestowed upon him the title of Knight of the Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres for the collection of his works. In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as a writer, actor, stage director and playwright known internationally for the quality and scope of his theatrical creations".[1]

He made his first attempt onto the big screen in 2004 by directing and producing the film Littoral, based on the play of the same name.

On September 1, 2007, he became the artistic director of the National Arts Centre's French Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

His play Incendies (Scorched) has been produced all over the world, including the United States, Austria, Germany, Mexico and Australia, and the 2007 production at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto won several awards. The famed Vienna "Burgtheater", the biggest theatre in Europe, assigned Stefan Bachmann with the stage production. It subsequently received much praise from critics, winning the "Nestroy Award" in 2007.

Incendies, the film version of the play (directed by Denis Villeneuve) is Canada's official selection for the 2011 Academy Awards. Incendies opened in Canada on January 21, 2011.

In 2011 Wajdi cast French rock star Bertrand Cantat in his production of a trilogy of Greek plays by Sophocles.[2] He justified the inclusion of Cantat by saying: "Electra, Antigone and The Women of Trachis are plays about justice and revenge ... Cantat’s presence at the edge of the action would make those themes more powerful."



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