MICHAEL MACKENZIE, WRITER AND DIRECTOR

Michael Mackenzie
 MICHAEL MACKENZIE

Michael Mackenzie's latest play, "Instructions to any future socialist government wishing to abolish Christmas" opened at the Centaur Theatre in March 2011 and was written up in an extensive article in the Montreal Gazette. Read the article. Michael had just returned from London where he attended the opening of Robert Lepage’s Blue Dragon at the Barbican Theatre. Continuing his longtime association with Lepage, Mackenzie was that play's English translator. Blue Dragon drew excellent London reviews. He is currently working on his next feature film project, to be produced by Novem in Montreal.

In 2008, Michael's second feature as a film director, "Adam's Wall", (co-written with Dana Schoel, produced by Couzin Films) premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema here in Montreal at the Imperial Theatre. It was in general release in Montreal (distributed by Equinoxe), playing at the AMC Forum. See the trailer. The movie received an excellent review in the Montreal Gazette. Read the article.

Michael's first feature film as a writer/director "The Baroness and the Pig", (produced by Media Principia), was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (2002), Festival de nouveau cinema et media (Montreal 2002) where it was the closing film, Sundance Film Festival (2003) and San Francisco Film Festival (2003). It was nominated for Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the 2003 Quebec Jutra Awards.

Regarding his second feature, Michael said, "Vanier students were essential for the making of 'Adam's Wall'. They can be seen in the film in the 'silent peace demonstration' scene where our two lovers meet for the first time; and then later in the not so peaceful demonstration scene, where they showed a lot of energy!" (See the photo at right and click on it for a larger version.) Their presence really helped to make our low budget Canadian movie look like something special. Many thanks to them, Peggy McCoy and all the others at Student Services who helped organize this."

In the last five years Michael Mackenzie's plays have been produced professionally in Budapest (five year run) and Szekesfehervar (Hungary), in Prague (four year run), at a number of theatres in Germany, Ottawa, and at the International Theatre Festival in Avignon. He has also been produced in the U.K. (Bristol old Vic and BBC radio), Portugal and Tel Aviv. A recent production (May 2008) of his play, 'The Baroness and the Pig' here in Montreal, got rave reviews in the English and, especially, French press.


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Michael's plays are currently published in French, Hungarian and German.

He has directed for the professional theatre in the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, as well as in Ottawa, (National Arts Centre Atelier), Toronto, (Tarragon, Toronto Theatre Centre) and New York City (Vine Tree Theater).

As well as working with Robert Lepage's ex machina company on previous occasions, Michael was dramaturge and script editor for the Cirque de Soleil show 'Ka' which continues to play at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mackenzie has a Ph.D in the Economics and History of Science; past appointments include Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School) and Consultant at the United Nations (U.N.C.S.T.C.).

Michael Mackenzie teaches in the Humanities Department.


PHOTOS

Michael on top of the Montreal Stock Exchange.
Michael poses on top of the Montreal Stock Exchange Building in a publicity shot for his new 2011 play at the
Centaur Theatre company, "Instructions to any future socialist government wishing to abolish Christmas".


Michael (left) along with Andrea Ureno (thedramaqueen.com) waits for the bus to take them to
the screening of his movie “The Baroness and the Pig” at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Michael Mackenzie
A photo of Michael taken during the release of "The Baroness and the Pig"

Click to view the film trailer.                  Click to view the film website.