Frank Canino

Playwright Composer Lyricist

Chicago born Frank Canino received his M.A. in theatre at Catholic University in Washington D.C.,  then worked in New York. Thereafter he trained or worked in Canada, England, Poland, France and the U.S. as director, actor, teacher and dramaturg. Writing projects range from film scripts to musicals and dramas. His awards include a full Toronto Arts Council Grant and both year-long and short term grants from the Canada Council of the Arts, in addition to 80 awards and citations for scripts. His plays have been performed/read or work shopped in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sarasota, Hartford, and Memphis, and from Long Island to Texas and Alaska .

Several of his short pieces have been produced Off-Off-Broadway and also in Toronto. The Angelina Project , published by Guernica Editions in 2000, was originally produced at University of Hartford, and thereafter at the University of Alaska/Anchorage, Long Island University, Oklahoma City University, the Alleyway Theatre of Buffalo, and Chance Theatre in Los Angeles. It has also had over 40 productions in high schools and colleges in the USA and  Canada.

Frank has written for the screen through the National Film Boards Video Drama Workshop and was script editor for Pacun Peras Productions for five years. He also co-wrote a film version of the Angelina story, Looking for Angelina, for Platinum Image Films, Canada, which is now known as S.N.A.P. Films Inc.  The film has been shown on Canadian cable vision in addition to festivals in Canada, the United States, Italy and India where it gathered several awards.

Recent readings of his scripts were held in Buffalo and Toronto.  His current project deals with the gay movement in Toronto in the 70's and 80's.   And he recently returned as actor in his monologue/rant: I Hate Sam Beckett!