TJ Dawe's Biography

TJ Dawe was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. In the 90s he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Victoria. He toured the Canadian Fringe Circuit while still a student, and did his first solo show shortly thereafter. He’s been writing, performing and touring ever since. Directing and dramaturging came into the picture somewhere along the way. Later came podcasting and blogging.

A few biographical highlights:

1998 - became a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
1999 - solo show Tired Cliches wins a Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play or Musical - Festival Category
2001 - solo show The Slipknot plays the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival
2004 - solo shows Labrador and The Slipknot are published by Brindle and Glass
2004 - Bravo Canada broadcasts solo show A Canadian Bartender at Butlin’s
2004 - Sheep Noir Productions buys the film option for two person play Toothpaste & Cigars (co-written with Mike Rinaldi)
2005 - Charlie Ross's solo show The One Man Star Wars Trilogy (TJ directed and dramaturged) plays off-Broadway in New York at the Lamb’s Theatre for five months
2005 - The BC and Alberta Touring Council names TJ their touring artist of the year for regional performances of The Slipknot
2006 - Brindle and Glass publishes the script for solo show The Power of Ignorance and a companion piece humour book (both co-written with Chris Gibbs, based on a character and concept by Sam Reynolds and Jeff Sumerel)
2007 - Sheep Noir Productions gets a development deal for Toothpaste & Cigars (now titled The F Word)
2009 - the Totem Figures Podcast Project launches
2010 - Canadian Theatre Review magazine publishes the play script for solo show Totem Figures in its Winter issue, along with a scholarly article about him and autobiographical theatre which refers to TJ as “Canada’s most prolific writer of autobiographical monologues”
2010 - Launch of Beams and Struts: An Integral Inquiry into a Post-Postmodern Age
2011 - solo show Lucky 9 tours, plays Enneagram conferences in Toronto and Victoria

2012 - featured speaker at TEDx Manitoba

2012 - three person show PostSecret: Unheard Voices (co-created with Kahlil Ashanti, Justin Sudds and Frank Warren) workshops in Vancouver, BC, Bethesda, MD, Saginaw, MI and Cincinnati, OH.
2013 - directs and dramaturgs Mark Leiren-Young's one person adaptation of his award winning memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, BC
2013 - solo show Medicine plays at the Firehall Arts Centre, joined by Dr. Gabor Mate for post-show Q & As.
2013 - Beams and Struts and the Totem Figures Podcast Project retire. TJ begins writing regularly for Back of the Book and the Charlebois Post.

2013 - The F Word debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival, to great acclaim. Gets a distribution deal with CBS. Slated for a Spring 2014 release. 

Contact TJ

To inquire about any of TJ’s past or current projects, send him an email: thepurplepick (at) yahoo (dot) ca TJ’s literary agent is Rena Zimmerman at Great North Artists

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