Griffin McInnes

About Griffin McInnes

Griffin McInnes is a theatre maker. He is a director, playwright and dramaturg with a creation practice guided by the belief that form—how performance is experienced—is singularly powerful.

That approach has allowed Griffin to create multifarious projects like: The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries, a phone-based, pandemic-responsive production performed in over 200 cities worldwide; The River of Forgetfulness, a Zoom-based collaboration with playwright Karen Hines and The University of Windsor hailed by The Toronto Star as “ingenious”; and his most recent project, Revelations, an escape room-inspired show about the End of the World, selected as Upintheair Theatre’s inaugural Updrafts Commission and produced in Vancouver in September 2021.

His work is often based in research-creation, a methodology he developed during a graduate program at France’s SciencesPo, collaborating with multidisciplinary artists from around the world. He is the recipient of Tarragon Theatre’s 2023 Bulmash-Siegel New Creation Development Award and Residency.

Griffin is also an experienced and passionate producer. He is a core team member and the Creative Producer at Outside the March, where responsibilities include directing, producing, dramaturgy and new work development, communications and season planning. He is the organization’s lead grant writer, responsible for $500,000+ in new grants for the charitable non-profit. He facilitated the company’s Artistic Accomplice apprenticeship program over two seasons and served as Associate Artistic Director in 2018-2019, supported by the Metcalf Foundation for the Performing Arts.

He is a white, cis-gendered, able-bodied man of Scottish, English, Irish and French descent. He mostly works from home, lives in a two-income household and graduated from his undergraduate degree debt-free because of intergenerational wealth. He is a husband, father, son, big brother, grandson, friend, collaborator, mentor and mentee.

He is grateful to split his time between the Ottawa watershed—the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation (Ottawa); and Tkaronto—the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit (Toronto).