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Michael Melski is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker whose works for the stage have been published and produced across Canada. His Merritt and Dora-nominated Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad was a hit at Toronto’s Factory Theatre, named one of the Top Ten Plays of The Year by the Toronto Star, has toured Canada twice, and received over 40 professional productions, including several in the United States. His other plays include The Fly Fisher’s Companion, has also been produced across the country. Michael is also an acclaimed screenwriter and director of feature films, including Growing Op starring Rosanna Arquette, Charlie Zone, and The Child Remains which won 16 Best Feature prizes on the global festival circuit and has been released theatrically in the US this past June. Michael has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Shaw Festival, Neptune Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre where his play Creepy and Little Manson was a hit in 2016. Michael’s other plays include Caribou, Joyride, Miles from Home, Eighteen and Corvette Crossing. He currently resides in Halifax.

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Among many honors, Michael has been called “A Talent to Watch” (Playback, Now Magazine, Canadian Living, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald) “An important new voice in Canadian fiction” (Atlantic Books Today) and named one of “100 Canadians To Watch” by MacLeans.

Published Works

(Michael Melski) writes like people talk and if that isn't a definition of good dialogue then I don't know what is.

The Toronto Star(Toronto, Canada)

Scoring on the Sidelines...charm, humour and skill...Michael Melski's 'Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad' has these qualities, plus a setting that's commonplace in the outside world but unusual to the point of being exotic in the theatre - a double recommendation.

The National Post(Toronto/National, Canada)

(Praise for 'Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad')...This show is much more about the game of love than the game of hockey, but Melski doesn't spare the barbs when it comes to showing the beastly behaviour of overly-serious hockey parents. Most of it is in a humorous vein, but the point is made.

The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Canada)

(Praise for 'The Fly Fisher's Companion') Michael Melski's charming comedy has a genuine feel for the many pulls and pushes of a lifelong friendship...

Vancouver Sun(Vancouver, Canada)