hannah moscovitch

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Dramaturgy

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed playwright, librettist and TV writer.

She’s been honoured with numerous awards, including the Trillium Book Award and both the Herald Angel and Scotsburn Fringe First awards at the Edinburgh Festival. She is the first Canadian to win the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale. She’s been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and twice for the Siminovitch Prize. This past spring, Moscovitch was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical after OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY (co-created with Ben Caplan and Christian Barry) toured to New York City, playing off-Broadway for seven weeks.

Moscovitch’s work for the stage (which includes EAST OF BERLIN, THIS IS WAR, LITTLE ONE, THE RUSSIAN PLAY, INFINITY, BUNNY, and WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW) has been widely produced in Canada, as well as in the United States, Britain, Europe, Australia and Japan. She is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Tarragon, Canada’s leading new works theatre, located in Toronto.

She is available to mentor students in playwriting and dramatic composition.

The main thing I hope to do is find out what you, the creator, want your piece to do. What kind of effect do you want it to have on your audience? What factors are at play? Working with you means figuring out a precise and compelling answer to that question and then translating that to how an audience feels line-by-line. Part of what I can offer is a technical/structural understanding of how narrative functions to hold the audience’s attention and how to make plays work onstage.

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