Lee MacDougall

Lee MacDougall is a Canadian actor, writer and theatre director.[1] Originally from Kirkland Lake, Ontario,[2] he studied at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University before launching his career as an actor.[1]

He acted primarily on stage, as well as having guest roles in film and television, until writing his first play, High Life, in the early 1990s.[1] A comedy-drama based on a group of drug addicts he met while acting in a regional theatre production, the play won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Mid-Sized Theatre Division, in 1996,[3] and was a shortlisted Governor General's Award finalist for English-language drama at the 1997 Governor General's Awards.[4] He later wrote the screenplay for the 2009 film adaptation High Life, for which he received a Genie Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 31st Genie Awards.[5]

His later plays have included The Gingko Tree, Resistance, Her Wonders and an adaptation of W. O. Mitchell's novel Who Has Seen the Wind.[6] He has also published a number of short stories.

As an actor, he is now most noted for his role in the original cast of Come from Away.[7]

He lives in Stratford, Ontario with his husband, theatre director and choreographer Tim French.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "High Life? Absolutely: Stratford actor Lee MacDougall is enjoying success and honors as a playwright". Waterloo Region Record, November 1, 1997.
  2. ^ "Kirkland Laker has write stuff". Northern News, February 11, 2002.
  3. ^ "Dora Mavor Moore Awards announced". Montreal Gazette, June 25, 1996.
  4. ^ "More than 60 nominees for Governor General's literary awards". Hamilton Spectator, October 23, 1997.
  5. ^ "A look at some of the key Genie Award categories". Canadian Press, February 2, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Actor's Björn again". Now, May 11, 2000.
  7. ^ "Three Canadians cast in Come From Away's premiere: Story of passengers stranded in Newfoundland after 9/11 written by married writers". Toronto Star, April 19, 2015.

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