<span>Biography of</span> Mark Leiren-Young

Biography of Mark Leiren-Young

Mark received the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his comic memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen. His second book, The Green Chain, was a collection of interviews with well-known Canadians dealing with the fate and future of our forests. His most recent book, This Crazy Time, was written with/about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman and was released in paperback by Knopf. And his latest book, Free Magic Secrets Revealed — the sequel/prequel to Stampede Queen is being released in March by Harbour Publishing.

Mark has received three Writers Guild of Canada nominations for his work — most recently for best screenplay for his award-winning debut feature film, The Green Chain, which he also directed and produced. His short comedy, The Green Film, which he wrote and coproduced, received a gold “Remi Award” from the Houston International Film Festival.

As a playwright Mark has written comedy, drama, plays for young audiences, musicals, revues, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, structured improvised soap operas, docudramas, collective creations, magic shows and, last year debuted his first ever piece as a solo performer/monologist which is currently touring BC. His work has been produced on mainstages throughout North America and at almost every Fringe Festival in Western Canada. His plays Shylock and Articles of Faith are published by Anvil Press. He worked professionally as a theatre critic and, in the late ‘80s and was one of the most active theatre writers in Canada and his column for Theatrum received a National Magazine Award.

As a screenwriter Mark has written feature film scripts, MOW scripts, shorts, almost all forms of TV and music videos. My TV CV includes writing hour-long dramas, half-hour comedies, variety shows, documentaries, awards shows, children’s shows, preschool shows and almost all forms of animation – traditional, CGI and Claymation.

Mark has been creating work for the Internet since before most people had heard of the Internet. He hosted one of the first ever live “webcasts” – a special event for Music West. He’s a longtime regular contributor to Thetyee.ca – Canada’s most acclaimed online-only publication. He hosted a podcast series that spun off into a book and has created a variety of web videos — including a musical comedy video featuring his comedy troupe Local Anxiety that has already topped 15,000 hits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ErxSXlKQsg