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Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright, director, and novelist.

He has been described by The Toronto Star as being “widely celebrated as one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-round multidisciplinary artists”; by CBC Arts as “one of Canada’s most extraordinary artists”; and by Libération as “the enfant terrible of Canadian theatre.” His plays have been translated into ten languages and widely honoured in Canada and abroad. Jordan has twice won a Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays in 2014, and for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom in 2018. He was also a finalist for the award in 2016 for Concord Floral

His plays, performance texts, and productions have been presented at venues including at The Young Vic Theatre (London), Sadler’s Wells (London), The Kitchen (NYC), Festival d’Avignon (Avignon), The Lincoln Centre (NYC), Volkstheater (Vienna), Canadian Stage (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The National Arts Centre of Canada (Ottawa), Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington DC), The Edinburgh International Festival, and on London’s West End.

His books include the autofiction novel Liminal, and Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama. As a filmmaker, Jordan’s work has been presented in festivals and galleries the world over. His virtual reality performance Draw Me Close, produced by the National Theatre (UK) and the National Film Board of Canada, was presented at both the Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Biennale in 2017, and ran at London’s Young Vic Theatre in January 2019. Jordan has also worked in dance, choreographing and performing with Christopher House in Marienbad for the Toronto Dance Theatre in 2016 and 2019, and writing the text for Akram Khan’s celebrated dance pieces Xenos and Outwitting the Devil, both currently touring internationally.

From 2008 – 2016, Jordan wrote and directed plays through his theatre company Suburban Beast. The company’s work was staged in theatres, art galleries, and found spaces, and often with non-traditional collaborators like night-shift workers, frat boys, preteens, and employees of Toronto’s famed Honest Ed’s discount emporium. From 2012 – 2016, in collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan ran the alternative art space Videofag out of their home in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood. Over the four years of its operation, Videofag became an influential hub for queer and avant-garde work in Canada.

He currently lives in London, UK.


  • Governor General’s Award for Drama for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom / 2018
  • Deutscher Jugendtheaterpreis finalist for Concord Floral / 2018
  • Toronto Book Award longlist for The Videofag Book / 2018
  • Chalmers Arts Fellowship / 2016
  • Governor General’s Award for Drama nomination for Concord Floral / 2016
  • 7 Dora Award nominations for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom including ‘Oustanding New Play’ / 2016
  • Toronto Theatre Critics Award for ‘Best New Play’ for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom / 2016
  • Dora Award for ‘Outstanding New Play’ for Concord Floral / 2015
  • Carol Bolt Award for Concord Floral / 2015
  • Governor Generals Award for Drama for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays / 2014
  • John Hirsch Prize / 2014
  • The Globe and Mail’s Canadian Artist of the Year / 2014
  • ARTINFO Canada’s 30 Under 30 / 2014
  • NOW Magazine’s #1 Theatre Artist of the Year / 2014
  • Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award / 2014
  • Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Artist Award / 2014
  • Urjo Kareda Artist-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre / 2014
  • Concord Floral named one of ‘Toronto’s Top 10 Theatre Productions in 2014’ by The Globe and Mail / 2014
  • Dora Award for ‘Oustanding New Play for Young Audiences’ for rihannaboi95 / 2013
  • ‘Best Production’ and ‘Audience Choice’ awards at SummerWorks for Late Company / 2013
  • Herman Voaden Playwriting Prize for Late Company / 2013
  • Uprising National Playwriting Competition for Late Company / 2013
  • Post Eden named one of ‘Canada’s Best Theatre Production of 2013’ by The Globe and Mail / 2013
  • Enbridge playRites Award for Late Company / 2012
  • Shortlisted for Memory of Ingmar Bergman Prize (Uppsala Int. Film Festival) / 2012
  • Inside Out Film Festival’s Emerging Canadian Artist Award / 2012
  • Ken McDougall Award for Emerging Directors / 2011
  • ContraGuys Award for ‘Best New Work’ at SummerWorks for Post Eden / 2010

(Tannahill is) the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom 'interdisciplinary' is not a buzzword, but a way of life.

The Globe and MailJ. Kelly Nestruck

Jordan is one of the most talented and exciting playwrights in the country, and he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Nicolas BillonGovernor General's Award–winning playwright (Fault Lines)