Daniel MacIvor

Actor, Playwright, Scriptwriter, Director
Cape Breton , NS
Nova Scotia CA
Lives in
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA

Actor, playwright, scriptwriter, director. Cape Breton-bred MacIvor, the prolific wunderkind of the Toronto-based English Canadian theatre scene since the 1980s, has been an indispensable presence in queer cinema and video in English since his stunning performances as the AIDS-bereaved CBC listener in R.S.V.P. (1991) and the allegorical title character in The Fairy Who Didn’t Want to Be a Fairy Anymore (1992), both by Laurie Lynd. As an actor, MacIvor’s range is broad indeed, from the grand guignol pornocrat whose penis just can’t stay in his pants in Bubbles Galore (1996) to the textured pathos of his role as Bob Mizer in Thom Fitzgerald’s underrated Beefcake (1999). MacIvor acted for most of the other luminaries of the Toronto queer film scene, including Gilbert, Podeswa and Greyson. Far from a ghettoized artist looking inward only on the queer community, MacIvor’s work as scriptwriter and ultimately director (Past Perfect, 2002) delivered complex insights into heterosexual family and relationships, as in the 2002 Cape Breton sisters melodrama Marion Bridge (which also included a finely drawn dyke character; dir. Wiebke von Carolsfeld). MacIvor has also supported emerging queer filmmakers, playing the ambiguous customer in Jean-François Monette’s Take-Out (2000).