Brian Drader is Director of Playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada. An accomplished actor, writer, dramaturge, and artistic administrator, his plays have been produced across Canada, the United States and Europe. Awards for his writing include the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, the Philadelphia Brick Playhouse New Play Award, the National Screen Institute Drama Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award for Drama (USA). His plays have also been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Playwriting Award (New York). In addition to theatre, Brian's diverse writing portfolio includes film, radio, fiction, multimedia and commercial engagements. He has also appeared as an actor in more than 70 professional productions in theatres across Canada. Michael Jackson ONE is the first collaboration of Brian Drader with Cirque du Soleil.