Daniel Karasik

Artistic Director


Daniel Karasik (b. December 20, 1986) is a writer, actor, director, and artistic director of the Toronto-based independent theatre company Tango Co.

Most active as a playwright, he has developed and presented new drama at many of Canada’s leading theatres, including Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, Touchstone Theatre, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. His plays have been produced across Canada, in the United States, and regularly in translation in Germany.

He is the author of three books: The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, a volume of plays (Playwrights Canada Press), The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, a play for children (Playwrights Canada Press), and Hungry, a poetry collection (Cormorant Books).

He has been the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction, The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, and the SummerWorks Performance Festival’s Jury Prize for Outstanding New Play; a finalist for the RBC Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition; and a nominee for the National Magazine Awards and the Western Magazine Awards. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Paprika Festival, Canada's leading professional presenter of theatre by youth, and on the juries of the SummerWorks Performance Festival and the Governor General's Literary Awards (Drama).  

His poems and stories have appeared in leading journals across Canada and in the United States, England, and Ghana, including The Malahat Review, The North American Review, Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine, Magma, The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Descant, One Ghana One Voice, Contemporary Verse 2, Queen’s Quarterly, and Per Contra.  He has been a winner of the Toronto Star Poetry Contest, the Alta Lind Cook Prize, and the Norma Epstein National Literary Award - the latter two for the manuscript of his recently completed first novel - and is one of eleven poets featured in the Cormorant Books anthology Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, ed. Robyn Sarah.

As an actor, Daniel has performed lead roles at the Tarragon Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, and Modern Times Stage Company, as well as in many new plays at the Toronto SummerWorks and Fringe Festivals. Film/TV acting credits include projects with NBC, CBS, CTV, CBC, Alliance Atlantis, Walt Disney Films, Lifetime Network, and in independent Canadian film.

Artistic Associates


Brooke Banning

Nicolas Billon

Jordan Tannahill and Suburban Beast