Playwright / Journalist, Montreal, QC. Born: Halifax, NS.
George Boyd spent several years as a journalist with the CBC before devoting himself to being a full-time playwright. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, he became the country’s first Black national TV news anchor on CBC’s Newsworld in 1992. As a screenwriter, he has written three works: Consecrated Ground, Dead Reckoning: The Lanier Phillips Story and The Gospel According to the Blues. His stage credits include Shine Boy; Gideon’s Blues; Wade in the Water; Le Code Noir; and Consecrated Ground, for which he received a Governor General nomination for drama.
In 1995, George was appointed Writer-in-Association with Neptune Theatre. He was awarded a similar post was awarded by Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal, in 2002.
With several works in progress for both screen and stage, he has also written extensively for radio. These credits include Gideon’s Blues, House of Flowers and God is My Warden, for which he wrote the title song. His work has been received with positive reviews, particularly as they tell stories reflecting the experiences of indigenous Blacks in Canada.
Honours: Including, Governor-General Award nomination for drama (2000); Honours Diploma, Nova Scotia Community College (1998); Atlantic Journalism Award (1988).
Works: Including, Two By George!, Consecrated Ground.
Reviewed in: Journey: African-Canadian History (2000).
Education: Saint Mary’s University; Nova Scotia Community College.
Favourite book? Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Says it all, don’t it?
Favourite quote? “Thou shalt not make life easy for a protagonist.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Have a (full) production in New York.
Why do you do what you do? The unblemished, and totally acid need to write.