Michael Kras is a Hamilton-based playwright, actor, and director. He is the recipient of the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize for his play The Team, which was also a 2018 Tom Hendry Award nominee and a national finalist for the Safe Words New Canadian Play Award. The Team made its world premiere in the 2018/19 theatre seasons at Essential Collective Theatre and Theatre Aquarius, and is published by Scirocco Drama in the anthology FIERCE: Five Plays for High Schools alongside new Canadian plays by Dave Deveau, Judith Thompson, Tanisha Taitt, and Ali Joy Richardson. Other works include Lydia, commissioned and presented by the Frost Bites Festival; The Year and Two of Us Back Here, which was developed at Theatre Aquarius and has seen multiple productions in Canada and the United States; and #dirtygirl, which premiered at the Hamilton Fringe Festival and won the festival’s Audience Choice Award. Michael is a graduate of Humber Theatre School, the artistic director of Broken Soil Theatre, and a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit.
The play in development:
The Boys While working at an amusement park in the summer between high school and college, Grayson and Ariel’s longtime friendship is threatened by a prank involving physical contact that goes a step too far. The Boys is a play for high school audiences about toxic masculinity and consent.
This residency is made possible through the support of the Ontario Arts Council.