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Joan MacLeod was born and raised in North Vancouver—spending many summers in Glengarry County in Ontario where both her parents came from.

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Joan MacLeod was born and raised in North Vancouver—spending many summers in Glengarry County in Ontario where both her parents came from. As a young woman she spent much time traveling and working in Europe, northern Africa and northern Canada—the latter present in much of her work. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 1978, studying long and short fiction with Bill Valgardson and David Godfrey. In 1981 she started graduate school at U.B.C. in the Department of Creative Writing. She was still concentrating on prose but also started writing and publishing poetry at this time. In 1983 her first novel, unpublished, was shortlisted for the Seal Book First Novel Award. At U.B.C. she became good friends with Bill Gaston who still reads the first drafts of much of her work. In 1984 Joan went to Banff’s Advanced Writers’ Studio in Poetry. She met playwright Alan Williams there and, one snowy night in June, saw him perform an excerpt from his one man show The Cockroach Triology. Between that and hearing an actor from the Playwrights’ Colony performing one of her poems Joan decided then and there (well nearly) on a life in the theatre. She began working on what became her first play
Jewel a few months later.In September 1985 Joan moved to Toronto, a first draft of Jewel in hand, tested out that summer at the Edmonton Fringe. She sent the script into Tarragon Theatre and was invited to join their Playwright’s Unit. In the Unit she started working on her first full length play Toronto, Mississippi. Based on a first act of that play, Urjo Kareda decided to open Tarragon’s 87/88 season with Toronto, Mississippi in their Main Space. Six months earlier, Jewel, a last minute replacement for a cancelled show, premiered at Tarragon’s Extra Space. MacLeod was a last minute replacement for Jewel’s scheduled actor. With next to zero acting experience she performed the entire run of her play – 35 shows. This experience of course impacted tremendously the way she wrote for the stage. She also hopes to never appear as an actor on stage again. For seven years she was a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre and credits Urjo Kareda, who died in 2002, for giving her a home and a start in theatre.

Joan MacLeod’s plays include Jewel, Toronto, Mississippi, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, and The Hope Slide which all premiered at Tarragon.
Little Sister and The Shape of a Girl were written for young audience but have played widely both in Canada and internationally. She continues to have an excellent working relationship with Green Thumb Theatre in Vancouver who commissioned The Shape of a Girl.
2000 which premiered in Ottawa at Great Canadadian Theatre Company also played at Tarragon. Homechild opened in January 2006 at CanStage in Toronto—Canada’s largest not-for-profit theatre.

Joan MacLeod is the recipient of two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards and the Governor General’s Award. All of her plays have been produced extensively.
The Shape of a Girl has been touring since its premiere five years ago, first in English and now in French and has been translated into six languages. In 2005 it toured the U.S.A. for six months including a two week run in New York City. Joan also writes poetry, prose and for television.

Joan is the mother of Ana Celeste who was born in 1995. Her husband, Bill Loach, is a surveyor and avid sailor. They met on Bowen Island where they lived for ten years before moving to Victoria so that Joan could take a position as Assistant Professor of Writing with the University there. The MacLeod/Loach family is also comprised of one yellow lab, two gray cats and too many fish.

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Joan McLeod

Joan MacLeod was born and raised in North Vancouver—spending many summers in Glengarry County in Ontario where both her parents came from.

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Joan McLeod Biography

Joan MacLeod was born and raised in North Vancouver—spending many summers in Glengarry County in Ontario where both her parents came from. As a young woman she spent much time traveling and working in Europe, northern Africa and northern Canada—the latter present in much of her work. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 1978, studying long and short fiction with Bill Valgardson and David Godfrey. In 1981 she started graduate school at U.B.C. in the Department of Creative Writing. She was still concentrating on prose but also started writing and publishing poetry at this time. In 1983 her first novel, unpublished, was shortlisted for the Seal Book First Novel Award. At U.B.C. she became good friends with Bill Gaston who still reads the first drafts of much of her work. In 1984 Joan went to Banff’s Advanced Writers’ Studio in Poetry. She met playwright Alan Williams there and, one snowy night in June, saw him perform an excerpt from his one man show The Cockroach Triology. Between that and hearing an actor from the Playwrights’ Colony performing one of her poems Joan decided then and there (well nearly) on a life in the theatre. She began working on what became her first play
Jewel a few months later.In September 1985 Joan moved to Toronto, a first draft of Jewel in hand, tested out that summer at the Edmonton Fringe. She sent the script into Tarragon Theatre and was invited to join their Playwright’s Unit. In the Unit she started working on her first full length play Toronto, Mississippi. Based on a first act of that play, Urjo Kareda decided to open Tarragon’s 87/88 season with Toronto, Mississippi in their Main Space. Six months earlier, Jewel, a last minute replacement for a cancelled show, premiered at Tarragon’s Extra Space. MacLeod was a last minute replacement for Jewel’s scheduled actor. With next to zero acting experience she performed the entire run of her play – 35 shows. This experience of course impacted tremendously the way she wrote for the stage. She also hopes to never appear as an actor on stage again. For seven years she was a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre and credits Urjo Kareda, who died in 2002, for giving her a home and a start in theatre.

Joan MacLeod’s plays include Jewel, Toronto, Mississippi, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, and The Hope Slide which all premiered at Tarragon.
Little Sister and The Shape of a Girl were written for young audience but have played widely both in Canada and internationally. She continues to have an excellent working relationship with Green Thumb Theatre in Vancouver who commissioned The Shape of a Girl.
2000 which premiered in Ottawa at Great Canadadian Theatre Company also played at Tarragon. Homechild opened in January 2006 at CanStage in Toronto—Canada’s largest not-for-profit theatre.

Joan MacLeod is the recipient of two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards and the Governor General’s Award. All of her plays have been produced extensively.
The Shape of a Girl has been touring since its premiere five years ago, first in English and now in French and has been translated into six languages. In 2005 it toured the U.S.A. for six months including a two week run in New York City. Joan also writes poetry, prose and for television.

Joan is the mother of Ana Celeste who was born in 1995. Her husband, Bill Loach, is a surveyor and avid sailor. They met on Bowen Island where they lived for ten years before moving to Victoria so that Joan could take a position as Assistant Professor of Writing with the University there. The MacLeod/Loach family is also comprised of one yellow lab, two gray cats and too many fish.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Joan McLeod for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Joan McLeod, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Joan McLeod or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Joan McLeod?

    Booking fees for Joan McLeod, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Joan McLeod, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Joan McLeod?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joan McLeod for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joan McLeod for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Joan McLeod or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Joan McLeod or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Joan McLeod is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Joan McLeod for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Joan McLeod generally travels from KingstonCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tim Sanders, Tina Marie Jones, James Canton, Robyn Benincasa and Dr. Marla Gottschalk. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joan McLeod for an upcoming event.

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