Norm Foster

Norm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright and, in 2017, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in the nation.

Norm Foster, Playwright, Foster Festival

Norm Foster


  • I'm the luckiest guy in the world and I happen to live in the greatest country in the world. To be recognized by my country for my work is something very special to me. I have a job I love and I get to work with the most fun, creative people on earth.
    - Norm Foster, Playwright

Norm Foster, Officer of the Order of CanadaNorm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright. He is the most produced playwright in the history of the country and he receives, on average, an astounding one hundred and fifty productions of his plays each year. It has been said that on any given day of the year, there is a Norm Foster play either in rehearsal or in performance somewhere in the world.  

Halifax Chronicle-Herald columnist Ron Foley writes, “Foster’s stage writing remains one of Canada’s greatest theatrical treasures”, and The Calgary Herald describes him as "one of the funniest writers of intelligent comedy in Canadian theatre today."

The Foster Festival applauds Norm's 2017 appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, for his body of work. The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour in the nation. 

Mr. Foster has sixty-six (66) plays to his credit and is currently working on number sixty-seven (67). His plays include:

  • The Writer (World Premiere 2019)
  • Beside Myself (World Premiere 2019)
  • The Melville Boys
  • The Foursome
  • Mending Fences
  • The Love List
  • Outlaw
  • Skin Flick
  • Hilda's Yard
  • The Ladies Foursome
  • The Affections of May

He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for his play, The Melville Boys and in 2009 he was a finalist for the Premier's Award For Excellence In The Arts. He also received the Key to the City of St. Catharines which was presented to Norm by Mayor Walter Sendzik during the Festival's 2018 season.

As an actor, Norm has toured in his play Here On The Flight Path and most recently has toured extensively with Patricia Vanstone in his play On A First Name Basis.  He has performed in theatres across the country in such plays as Art, Strawberries in January, Waiting for Godot, and in his own plays, The Long Weekend, Mending Fences, The Love List, Skin Flick, Outlaw, Self-Help, Old Love, and The Foursome.

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