John Murrell (playwright)

John Murrell, OC, AOE (born October 15, 1945 - November 11, 2019) was an American-born Canadian playwright.

Life and careerEdit

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Murrell moved to Alberta after graduating from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a BFA in 1968. He moved to Canada to avoid the draft, studying at the University of Calgary. In 2002 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2008, he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.[1] for which he was the subject of a National Film Board of Canada animated short by Cam Christiansen entitled The Real Place.[2]

Murrell also translated some Russian and French works.

Original plays by John MurrellEdit

  • Haydn's Head (1974)
  • Power in the Blood (1975)
  • Waiting for the Parade (1977)
  • Memoir (1977)
  • Farther West (1982)
  • New World (1984)
  • October (1988)
  • Democracy (1991)
  • The Faraway Nearby (1994)
  • Death in New Orleans (1998)
  • Taking Shakespeare (2012)

Translations/adaptations by John MurrellEdit


  1. ^ "GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS" (PDF). News release. Rideau Hall. 2008-03-12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  2. ^ Christiansen, Cam. "The Real Place". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 6 October 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Bio from the Encyclopedia of Canadian Theatre.