In 1976, Mr. Craig founded Theatre Direct Canada, which in the following seven years attracted one of the largest audiences in Canadian Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). In 1983, Mr. Craig co-founded Roseneath Theatre with Robert Morgan. It was at this time that he directed and co-wrote Morgan’s Journey with Robert Morgan, which won the inaugural Chalmers Award for TYA. Mr. Craig served as AD of Roseneath Theatre for 27 years from 1983 – 2011. During this period Mr. Craig produce an impressive number of small cast, high quality productions – productions that consistently pushed the boundaries of the form, won awards and found a large audience locally, nationally and internationally.
Mr. Craig’s work for young audiences is known throughout the world. He has written twenty-nine professionally produced plays including the international hit Having Hope at Home and Danny, King of the Basement (Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production TYA) which, in translation, was nominated for the German Children’s Theatre Prize (the first Canadian play so honoured), and has been seen by over half a million children worldwide in seven different languages. His productions have appeared at every major festival and young audience series in Canada, throughout the United States and at many festivals in the UK and Europe.
Mr. Craig believes that young people have as rich an emotional life as adults. He has inspired the industry to view TYA as a very serious and deserving art form, and has greatly impacted the growth of the TYA sector across North America.