Bio

Dave Deveau is an award-winning writer and performer from Vancouver, BC. Dave grew up as a film and television actor before crossing over to writing in his teens. He went on to study theatre and playwriting at York University (BFA) and had his first professional play produced while still an undergrad. He subsequently received an MFA in Playwriting from UBC. His work has been produced across Canada and the US as well as in Israel and Ireland. He is the Playwright in Residence for Zee Zee Theatre who commissioned and produced his plays Nelly BoyTiny Replicas, the critically-acclaimed My Funny Valentine, Lowest Common Denominator and Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky). His theatre for young audiences plays were all commissioned and premiered with Green Thumb Theatre, and have subsequently continued into other productions: Out in the Open, Celestial Being (co-commissioned with Theatre la Seizieme), and tagged, which is currently touring Israel in Hebrew.

He is one of the Associates at Playwrights Theatre Centre where he is developing a number of projects including new commissions for Zee Zee Theatre: Dead People’s Things and Best Case Scenario, the companion play to Lowest Common Denominator. His first feature-length screenplay Us in Nine Months, based on his play Tiny Replicas just won the Harold Greenberg Award at the Canadian Film Festival and starts shooting next year. Dave was recently included in Xtra’s Top 30 Under 30 and OUTtv’s Queers of the Year and is the 2014 recipient of the Pride Legacy Award for Art. He is currently working on new commissions for Green Thumb Theatre, Roseneath Theatre and The Belfry. In total, his plays to date have been nominated for 20 Jessie Richardson Awards. www.davedeveau.com

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Awards

  • Dave was recently included in Xtra’s Top 30 Under 30 and OUTtv’s Queers of the Year
  • 2014 recipient of the Pride Legacy Award for Art
  • Dave’s plays to date have been nominated for 20 Jessie Richardson Awards.
  • Dave’s screenplay ‘Us in Nine Months’ (based on his play ‘Tiny Replicas’) won the Harold Greenberg Award at the Canadian Film Festival

With 'My Funny Valentine', Deveau proves himself once again as a playwright on the rise.

Mark Robins, GayVancouver

There are points in this premiere of 'My Funny Valentine' when emerging playwright Dave Deveau and sole performer Kyle Cameron are so in the groove artistically that, on opening night, the beauty of their talent reduced me to tears.

Georgia StraightColin Thomas

(Praise for 'My Funny Valentine') An exceptionally beautiful piece of work…meticulously scripted characters shot through with contradictions…simply superb.

Vancouver CourierJo Ledingham

The characters in 'My Funny Valentine' were compelling and nuanced. Their distances from the action allowed what could have been a straightforward real-life horror story to unfold like a murder mystery, a whydunit where the answer will never make any sense

Vancouver Sun Mark Leiren-Young

The sheer vigour and inventiveness of the writing is bracing, and 'Lowest Common Denominator' is an excellent argument accelerant.

Georgia StraightColin Thomas