this is what has happened, this is what happens next

this is what has happened, this is what happens next

As an award-winning writer, Dave Deveau investigates queer themes that speak to a broad audience. His work has been produced across North America and in Europe. He is the Playwright in Residence for Vancouver’s Zee Zee Theatre who produced his plays Nelly BoyTiny Replicas, the critically-acclaimed My Funny Valentine (Sydney Risk Prize, Jessie Nomination, Oscar Wilde Nomination – Dublin), Lowest Common Denominator and Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky). His first three theatre for young audiences plays were all commissioned and premiered with Green Thumb Theatre, and have subsequently continued into other productions: Out in the Open, tagged (Dora nomination) and Celestial Being (Jessie Nomination). He is currently working on new commissions for Green Thumb Theatre, Zee Zee Theatre, The Belfry, Arts Club, The Cultch,  and Nashville Children’s Theatre. In total, his plays have been nominated for 21 Jessie Awards, 4 Ovation Awards and 4 Dora Awards. His newest play for young audiences entitled Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, about a transgender child just toured Ontario for two seasons with Roseneath Theatre. He is hugely devoted to developing intelligent, theatrical plays for young people that foster conversation, and is currently the Associate Artistic & Executive Director at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.  He is represented by Marquis Literary.

Education

  • MFA in Playwriting (Theatre/Creative Writing), UBC
  • Spec. Honours BFA in Theatre Studies (Summa Cum Laude), York University

Awards + Honours

2015:       Harold Greenberg Award – Best Screenplay Us in Nine Months (based on play Tiny Replicas) 2015:       Jessie Richardson Award Nomination – Outstanding Original Script for Celestial Being 2014:       Pride Legacy Award for Art (Vancouver Pride Society) 2013:       OutTV’s Queers of the Year 2013:       #2 in Xtra’s Top 30 Under 30 2013:       Recipient, Historic Joy Kogawa House Writing Residency 2013:       Recipient, Three-Year Residency “The Associates”, Playwrights Theatre Centre 2012:       Oscar Wilde Nomination (Dublin, Ireland) – Outstanding New Script for My Funny Valentine 2012:       Ovation Award – Outstanding New Work for Homecoming King (with James Coomber) 2011:       Sydney Risk Award – Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright for My Funny Valentine 2011:       Jessie Richardson Award Nomination – Outstanding Original Script for My Funny Valentine 2010:       Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2010: Tiny Replicas, Gay Vancouver 2010:       Gordon Armstrong Playwrights Rent Award, Jessie Richardson Awards, Vancouver 2009:       Shortlist: Map of the West, Tarragon Theatre RBC Under 30 National Playwriting Competition 2009:       Honourable Mention: Map of the West, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition 2008:       Outstanding Ensemble: Rule of Thumb, NOW Magazine, Fringe Wrap-up 2007:       Recipient of “The News” national new play commission by Playwrights Theatre Centre 2007:       Recipient of University Graduate Fellowship, UBC ($16,000) 2006:       Artist to Watch, NOW Magazine (Fringe Edition) 2006:       Outstanding Ensemble: an undershirt, NOW Magazine, Fringe Wrap-up 2005:       Outstanding New Play: Safe Word (as Dramaturg), Harvest Festival Montreal 2004:       George S. Ryga Award for Playwriting, York University  

what happens now

DEAD PEOPLE'S THINGS

Produced by Zee Zee Theatre, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie Starring Eileen Barrett & Meaghan Chenosky April 17-May 5 at Studio 16 in Vancouver  

PARENTS ARE A DRAG

Commissioned by Vancouver International Children's Festival June 1 & 2 at The Nest (Studio 1398) on Granville Island in Vancouver  

HOLIDAY AT THE ELBOW ROOM CAFE

Produced by Zee Zee Theatre & The Cultch, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie Starring David Adams, Joey Lesperance, Emma Slipp, Synthina Yusuf & others December 10-29 at The Cultch's Historic Theatre

what's in the works

US IN NINE MONTHS  (Feature Film)

Based on my play TINY REPLICAS (Zee Zee, 2009) Optioned by Sociable Films, Inc. Shooting begins in 2019  

IN MY COUNTRY

Commissioned by Arts Club Theatre Company  

THIS IS IT

A teen musical, written with Anton Lipovetsky Commissioned by Nashville Children's Theatre  

BABY ON BOARD

Commissioned by The Belfry Theatre  

TERF WARS

Written with JD Derbyshire Commissioned by Zee Zee Theatre  

what came before

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS

Produced by Roseneath Theatre, directed by Andrew Lamb   Nomination - Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding Original Script, Outstanding Cast, Outstanding Director

ELBOW ROOM CAFE: The Musical

Produced by Zee ZeeTheatre, presented by The Cultch Directed by Cameron Mackenzie Nomination - Ovation Award, Outstanding Original Script

CELESTIAL BEING

Produced by Green Thumb Theatre (co-commissioned with Theatre la Seizieme), Directed by Patrick McDonald Spring 2014, Returning in 2016   Winner - Jessie Richardson Award, Outstanding TYA Production   Nomination - Jessie Richardson Award, Outstanding Original Script  

EXTRA-CELESTE

Produced by Theatre la Seizieme (co-commissioned with Green Thumb Theatre), Directed by Anita Rochon Spring 2014   Nominations - Five Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production TYA   Winner - Three Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Performance, Direction & Design

TAGGED

Produced by Green Thumb Theatre, Directed by Patrick McDonald Fall 2013   Nominations - Two Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production TYA

LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR

Produced by Zee Zee Theatre, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie featuring Deborah Williams, Shawn Macdonald & Dallas Sauer April 2014 at PAL Theatre   Nominations - Two Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Direction

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

Produced by Zee Zee Theatre, Presented by Firehall Arts Centre, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie February 2013 at Firehall Arts Centre

OUT IN THE OPEN

World Premiere by Green Thumb Theatre, Directed by Patrick McDonald 2011 & 2012 National Tours   Nominations - Four Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production TYA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

Presented by Theatre Outre & Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Directed by Genevieve Pare May 2012   Nomination - Oscar Wilde Award, Best Writing

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

World Premiere by Zee Zee Theatre, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie March 2011 at PAL Theatre   Winner - Sydney Risk Award, Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright   Nomination - Jessie Richardson Award, Outstanding Original Script

TINY REPLICAS

World Premiere by Zee Zee Theatre / Neanderthal Arts Festival, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie July 2010 at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre

NELLY BOY

World Premiere by Zee Zee Theatre, Directed by Cameron Mackenzie October 2009 at PAL Theatre

TINY REPLICAS

Workshop Production by Sage Theatre, Directed by Matt Dewald June 2009 at Pumphouse Theatre

little bits

UNNATURAL

Composed by James Coomber , Presented by Opera Works Vancouver September 2012

HOMECOMING KING

Composed by James Coomber, Directed by Mike Mackenzie World Premiere by Thirty Below Theatre & Neanderthal Arts Festival July 2011

Winner – Ovation Award, Outstanding New Work

Nomination – Ovation Award, Outstanding Ensemble Production

COURTE FORME

Presented by Theatre la Seizieme, Directed by Cat Main March 2009 at Studio 16

TWENTY MINUTE DRAG SCHOOL

with Cameron Mackenzie & Marina Szijarto Presented by Firehall Arts Centre at BC Buds May 2008 at Firehall Arts Centre

UNFAMILIAR

Composed by Darren Fung0 Presented by Tapestry New Opera Works, Directed by Tom Diamond March 2006 at Young Centre

THE DEMONSTRATION

with Marjorie Chan et al Presented by Theatre Direct, Directed by Mark Cassidy March 2006