Jordan Tannahill (b. 1988) is a Canadian playwright, author, theatre director, and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals, and galleries across Canada and internationally.
In 2016, he was described by The Toronto Star as being "widely celebrated as one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-round multidisciplinary artists", and by the Montreal Gazette as "the hottest name in Canadian theatre."
His plays have been translated into multiple languages and honoured with various prizes including the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Drama for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and multiple Dora Awards. In 2017, his play Late Company transferred to London's West End. His latest play, Declarations, premiered at Canadian Stage in January 2018.
From 2008 - 2016, Jordan wrote and directed plays through his company Suburban Beast. The company’s work was staged in theatres, art galleries, and found spaces, and often with non-traditional collaborators like night-shift workers, frat boys, preteens, and employees of Toronto's famed Honest Ed's discount emporium.
From 2012 - 2016, in collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan ran the alternative art space Videofag out of their home in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood. Over the four years of its operation, Videofag became an influential hub for queer and avant-garde work in Canada. Jordan’s production of Sheila Heti's All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, produced and directed with Erin Brubacher, premiered at Videofag in 2013 and went on to sold-out productions at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre's World Stage and New York City's The Kitchen in 2015.
His books include the novel Liminal, published by House of Anansi in 2018, and Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama, published by Coach House Press in 2015.
As a filmmaker, Jordan's work has been presented in festivals and galleries the world over including the Toronto Int. Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tribeca Film Festival. His virtual reality performance Draw Me Close, produced by the National Theatre (UK) and the National Film Board of Canada, premiered at the 2017 Venice Biennale. He is currently working with filmmaker Stephen Dunn on adapating his play Botticelli in the Fire for the screen.
Jordan has also worked in dance, choreographing and performing with Christopher House in Marienbad for the Toronto Dance Theatre in 2016; writing the text for The Dietrich Group's This Is a Costume Drama, which premiered at Harbourfront Centre's World Stage in 2015; and writing the text for Akram Khan's final solo Xenos, which premiered at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece in 2018. Xenos is currently touring internationally.