Darrell Wasyk

Recent Role:

Director on The Hunger


5/18/1958, Edmonton, ALBERTA, Canada

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  • Darrell Wasyk
    Visual Artist, Film, Television & Theatre, Producer/Writer/Director.
    Darrell Wasyk is a Montreal based filmmaker. He worked extensively in both theatre & opera before making the transition to film. Making his feature film debut with H [1990], which won the Toronto Festival of Festivals' Canadian production award of 1990. H played at several international festivals including Berlin, Hong Kong, South Africa, Spain, Birmingham, Jerusalem, Vienna, New York and Palm Springs. H picked up two major awards at Locarno, Switzerland in 1991, making it the first Canadian feature film to win an official prize in the festival's 47 year history. In Canada it has played at the Montreal International Film Festival, the Toronto Festival of Festivals, Quebec City, and at the Vancouver Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award. At the 1991 Genie Awards the film won a Best Actress Award for Pascale Montpetit, and also received nominations for Best Direction and Best Screenplay. MUSTARD BATH, Darrell Wasyk's second feature film, made its world premiere at the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival, and then made its North American premiere in Houston, Texas, at Worldfest '93, where it won the Gold Prize for the Best Dramatic Feature Film. In Canada, MUSTARD BATH screened at the Montreal International Film Festival, the Toronto Festival of Festivals, Quebec City, and at the Vancouver Film Festival. At the 1994 Genie Awards the film won a Best Supporting Actress Award for Martha Henry. In television, Darrell Wasyk has directed five episodes of Ridely & Tony Scott's/Telescene Film Group's Showtime original series THE HUNGER, starring David Bowie and Terence Stamp. Episodes included: Sloan Men, Anais, and The Lighthouse, in the 1998 season, as well as The Suction Method and The Perfect Couple in 1999. Darrell Wasyk's art installations include INTERMISSION, LIST, INTERMEZZO, MIDDLE, and LISZT, FRANZ at the Wynick/Tuck Art Gallery in Toronto, as well as ON GOING at the YYZ Gallery.
    A student of The National Theatre School in Montreal, Darrell Wasyk went on to apprentice with Sir Peter Hall at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera on his productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Dame Janet Baker's farewell performance of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. His apprenticeship with Sir Peter Hall continued on to the National Theatre of Great Britain, where he worked with Harold Pinter on OTHER PLACES, and on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest, both starring Dame Judi Dench. In New York, Darrell Wasyk worked with Tennessee Williams, directing the off-Broadway production of OUT CRY. He continued studying at the Actors Studio, and later worked with Marshall W. Mason at the Circle Repertory Theater. Darrell Wasyk became the Associate Artistic Director of the Toronto Free Theatre from 1984 to 1986, as well as becoming the founding Artistic Director of his own theatre company 45.3, where he wrote and directed the Chalmers nominated play IN THE WEE HOURS. Other productions included Bertolt Brecht's Baal, Alfred Jerry's UBU, Bela Bartok's, Bluebeard's Castle, and Sam Shepard's KILLER'S HEAD. During the Shaw Festival's 1984 season, Darrell Wasyk directed the first play reading series, New Works.moreless



    Birth Place:

    Edmonton, ALBERTA, Canada