Festival 2018 Honorary Chair Allan Stratton

Stratton_AllanAllan Stratton’s Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii, one of the most produced plays in Canadian history, is now in its third year in Polish translation at Warsaw’s Teatr Capitol. Other plays, including Rexy!, Papers, and Bag Babies, have won the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Chalmers Award, and a nomination for the Governor General’s Award.

His novels, published in over twenty countries, have won and/or been nominated for major awards in Canada, the US, the UK, France and the Netherlands. Chanda’s Secrets (2004) was turned into the Cannes award-winning film Life, Above All.

Allan has adjudicated for the WODL, EODL, ACT-CO, and Theatre Ontario finals. He’s been a speaker fort the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, International Readers Association, the African Studies Association, Book Expo, and at literary festivals in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Canada, the United States and Vietnam.

Allan is eternally grateful to his mentors: his mom and Londoners James Reaney, Art Fidler and Lorraine McClelland. A former head of drama at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, he lives in Toronto with his husband and three cats. For more information, please visit him at www.allanstratton.com

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