Wajdi Mouawad was born in Lebanon in 1968 and grew up in Beirut and Paris, France, before immigrating to Canada and settling in Montreal. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Mr. Mouawad has been involved in the theater in many capacities: writer, adapter, translator, actor, and director. With Isabelle Leblanc, he co-founded the Théâtre Ô Parleur. From 2000–2004 he was artistic director of Montreal's Théâtre de Quat'Sous. Mr. Mouawad was the artistic director of the National Arts Centre French Theatre, completing his tenure with the 2011–12 season. He has published more than a dozen plays and a novel in French. Many of his plays have been translated into English. Littoral (published in English as Tideline) was made into a film in 2004 with Mr. Mouawad as co-screenwriter and as director. In 2007 his French-language play Assoiffés was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. In 2008 he received another nomination for a Governor General's Literary Award for French-language drama for his play Le soleil ni la mort ne peuvent se regarder en face.
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