Norm Foster

Norm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright and, in 2016, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in the nation.


Emily Oriold, Artistic Director, Foster Festival

Norm Foster

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Second Annual Laughter in the Vineyard a Huge Success!

May 1st, 2017

On Sunday, April 30th, our annual Laughter in the Vineyard Fundraiser at Vineland Estates Winery in Niagara was a great success!

The Foster Festival on 7 Eyewitness News

Apr 28th, 2017

Feature Reporter Mike Randall from 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo stopped by The Foster Festival in the heart of Niagara to discuss our upcoming Second Summer Season of celebrating Canada's most popular Playwright, Norm Foster.

Workshop of new Norm Foster play, Lunenburg, has begun!

Mar 20th, 2017

On Monday, March 20, 2017 Playwright Norm Foster, Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone, and the Foster Festival's 2017 Cast Members of Lunenburg gathered to begin workshopping Foster's newest script.

  • 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 fifty-two plays to his credit and is currently working on three new ones, simultaneously. His plays include:

  • The Melville Boys
  • The Love List
  • Outlaw
  • Skin Flick
  • Hilda's Yard
  • The Ladies Foursome
  • The Affections of May
  • Jasper Station

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.

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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