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.

about me

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 Boy, Tiny Replicas, the critically-acclaimed My Funny Valentine (Sydney Risk Prize, Jessie Nomination, Oscar Wilde Nomination – Dublin), Lowest Common Denominator, Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky), Dead People’s Things and Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. He is deeply devoted to developing intelligent, theatrical plays for young people that foster conversation. His plays for young audiences include Out in the Open, tagged (Dora nomination) and Celestial Being (Jessie Nomination) for Green Thumb Theatre., Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Dora nomination) for Roseneath Theatre and the drag-theatre hybrid Parents Are A Drag (commissioned by Vancouver International Children’s Festival). He is currently working on commissions for Zee Zee Theatre, Arts Club, The Cultch, Carousel Theatre for Young People and Nashville Children’s Theatre. In total, his plays have been nominated for 21 Jessie Awards, 4 Ovation Awards and 4 Dora Awards. He is represented by Marquis Literary.  He is published in Scirocco’s Fierce anthology and his first book called CISSY: Three Gender Plays was recently published byTalonbooks. He lives on in Vancouver with his husband Cameron Mackenzie and their almost three year old.

The latest: His new musical This Is It (written with Anton Lipovetsky) premieres with Nashville Children’s Theatre in January 2021.

He is represented by Marquis Literary

awards and noms

2018: Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination, Outstanding New Play (TYA), Ladies and Gentlemen,Boys and Girls

2018: Ovation Award Nomination, Outstanding New Musical, Elbow Room Café: The Musical

2017: Residency, ASSITEJ Capetown, The Cradle of Creativity, The Next Generation

2015: Harold Greenberg Award – Best Screenplay Us in Nine Months (based on my 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


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Currently on:

Celestial Being (Colouring Book Adaptation)
Green Thumb Theatre
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Teatr Powszechny w Lodzi (Poland)
May 12-17, 2021
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Drag Queen Death Scene
In development with support from Canada Council for the Arts
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