Brian Quirt is the founder and Artistic Director of Nightswimming, a dramaturgical company based in Toronto, and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. With Nightswimming he has commissioned and developed 30 new works, created eight of his own plays, and directed the premieres and national tours of many Nightswimming projects including, most recently, new works by Carmen Aguirre and Anita Majumdar.
Nightswimming’s initiatives include Pure Research, dedicated to innovative performance research, and 5x25, a national commissioning project for artists born in 1995, the year of Nightswimming’s first production. He’s held senior positions at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Factory Theatre, The Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage Company. His work as dramaturg, director and playwright has been seen at theatres across Canada. Brian is the current Board Chair and a past-President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and Board Chair of SpiderWebShow Performance.