• Biography
    Josh MacDonald is a writer, actor & director living in Dartmouth, N.S..
     
    In 2012, Josh wrote & directed the short horror-comedy Game. It made its debut at the highly influential Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX (The Alamo Drafthouse). Game has won “Best Short Film” prizes in San Francisco, Vancouver and Atlanta and has played festivals on five continents. Also in 2012, Josh was a creative producer on the U.S. Smithsonian Channel’s Forensic Firsts.
     
    His spec screenplay The Corridor—a horror/thriller— was released as a feature film in 2011 by IFC Films. The Corridor has garnered prizes including the AMC/Dell “Next Wave” Best Screenplay Award at Fantastic Fest, the Gold Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at Fantasia Festival (Montreal, QC), and other wins (including Best Picture) around the globe. The movie has been a magazine cover story for Fangoria (U.S.) and L’Ecran Fantastique (France), was one of iTunes’ picks for “Best of 2012,” and is readily available through Netflixs, on DVD & Blu-Ray, and multiple other V.O.D. options.
     
    Josh’s comedy-drama Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage,  starring Martha MacIsaac (1600 Penn, Superbad), Callum Keith Rennie (Californication), Ricky Mabe (Zach and Miri Make a Porno) and directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), was released in theatres in December 2010 by eOne Entertainment, and is now available via HBO Canada, TMN, Movie Central, iTunes and DVD (as Hoax For The Holidays).
     
    The screenplay for Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage  was based on Josh’s original stage play Halo. Halo has been produced by theatre companies across North America, from N.S. to B.C., California to New York State. Published by Talonbooks, Halo has gone into a 3rd printing, and is a curriculum title in various high schools and universities in Canada.
     
    Josh’s play Whereverville  was created during time as Writer-In-Residence for Two Planks and a Passion Theatre. Whereverville was shortlisted for The National Arts Centre’s “On The Verge” Festival, and is published by Talonbooks. He is also the creator of the award-winning short movie & stage play Degrees. Degrees is available in book form from The Playwrights Guild of Canada.
     
    Josh was the playwriting instructor at Dalhousie University in 2006-2008, and he has also taught at the Neptune Theatre School. Josh remains a very active member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia's "Writers In the Schools Program," which works to inspire students from grade primary to grade twelve in finding their own creative voices.
     
    Josh is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Que., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialization in Theatre Performance. He is married to actress Francine Deschepper.

     

     

    Publications
    • Halo, Talonbooks, 2002. ISBN: 0-88922-469-2.

    • Whereverville, Talonbooks, 2004. ISBN: 0-88922-506-0.

    • Degrees, Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-55435-081-0.