Mark Leiren-Young

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Mark was born in Vancouver, Canada and received a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Theatre and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. Mark's stage plays have been produced in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia and have been translated into French and Danish. As a playwright he's best known for controversial adult dramas (like Shylock and Articles of Faith), controversial teen dramas (Basically Good Kids, Jim) and occasionally controversial political satires (including work with his comedy troupe, Local Anxiety). As a journalist Mark has written for such publications as Time Magazine, The Utne Reader and the Hollywood Reporter. He has also written for most major Canadian newspapers and magazines. Mark currently writes a regular satirical column for one of Canada's top online publications, The Tyee. Mark made his TV debut in 1995 after an employee of Mainframe saw one of his political cabarets and invited him to write for ReBoot. His first TV script was ReBoot's X-Files parody (starring Gillian Anderson as Data Nully) that was noted in Entertainment Weekly. Since then Mark has written almost all types of TV including drama, comedy, documentary, animation and variety. He has also written several commissioned screenplays and wrote, directed and produced the award winning feature film, The Green Chain. He was the winner of the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his comic memoir, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen. Mark splits his time between the Sunshine Coast and Haiku. July 30, 2009
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