Awards

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson congratulates David as he becomes an Officer of the Order of Canada, December 2001

Appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, 2001

First inductee into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour, 1988

Queen’s Jubilee Medal, 2002

Lifetime Membership in Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2010

Leaving Home named one of the “1,000 Essential Plays in the English Language” by the Oxford Dictionary of Theatre, 2005

Leaving Home named one of Canada’s “100 Most Influential Books” by the Literary Review of Canada, 2005

Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics’ Award for Salt-Water Moon, 1986

Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Salt-Water Moon, 1985

Canadian Authors’ Association Literary Award for Drama, Salt-Water Moon, 1985

Nominee for Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, Salt-Water Moon, 1985

Chalmers Award for Best New Canadian Play, Of The Fields, Lately, 1974

Five-time Chalmers Award nominee

Finalist for Arthur Ellis Award for Best New Mystery Play, Silver Dagger, 1994

 

The citation for David’s appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada reads, in part:

“He is one of the finest dramatists to successfully present Canadian concerns and issues on stage. His well-known characters, the Mercers, who left Newfoundland to settle in Toronto, have become touchstones in Canadian theatre...”

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