Layne Coleman is a former Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre Passe Muraille is Canada's oldest alternative theatre in Toronto. Mr. Coleman himself played the title role in Hamlet there and developed over a 150 new Canadian plays. He is a writer, actor, and director. As an actor he is best known for his performances in George Walker's Suburban Motel series. As a director, selected credits include: Riot (winner of a Chalmers Award), One Eyed Kings, A Common Man's Guide To Loving Women, In The Wings, The Drawer Boy, A Good Idea (In Theory), Highway 63 (The Tar Sands Story), King's Conscience. Layne Coleman has received three lifetime achievement awards: the Rita Davies Award from the City of Toronto for his contribution to the arts, the George Luscomge Award for mentoring, and the Silver Ticket Award from the Toronto Association for the Performing Arts. Mr. Coleman currently lives in Toronto and is writing a book and two screenplays. Coleman's tireless dedication to the theatre and his support and encouragement of young artists and diversity on stage is legendary.
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