Mr. John Murrell is one of Canada’s most frequently produced playwrights, as well as a highly respected arts advocate and mentor. His plays, which have been translated into 15 languages and performed in more than 30 countries, include Memoir, Waiting for the Parade (Shaw Festival, 2004), Farther West, Democracy, The Faraway Nearby and Taking Shakespeare. He is also an esteemed translator of classic and modern theatre, including plays by Chekhov, Sophocles, Ibsen and several works by Carole Fréchette. John has collaborated with composer John Estacio on the celebrated operas Filumena (2003), Frobisher (2007) and Lillian Alling (2010); and with composer/conductor Bramwell Tovey on The Inventor (2011). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.