Michael Bawtree has worked in Canadian theatre and television for over forty years. He is the author of a number of plays, including The Last of the Tsars, as well as a book on music theatre, The New Singing Theatre, and a young person's novel, Joe Howe to the Rescue. Founding artistic director of the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville, he has also served as associate director of the Stratford Festival and was for many years director of drama at Acadia University. He is currently executive director of the Joseph Howe Initiative, celebrating Joe Howe in his two hundredth year birthday. His young adult novel, Joe Howe to the Rescue, was released by Nimbus in 2004.Publications
Joe Howe to the Rescue. Halifax, Nimbus Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-55109-495-9.
The New Singing Theatre, A Charter for the Music Theatre Movement. New York, Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN 0193858673.
The Last of the Tsars. Toronto, Clarke, Irwin, 1973. ISBN 0772006210.
Queen's Jubilee Medal for service to the community, 2003
Winner of the 2005 Lilla Sterling Award for Joe Howe to the Rescue
Shortlisted for the 2005 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature for Joe Howe to the Rescue