John F. Green

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Plays Published by Heartland Plays, Inc.:
You Can’t Dance to Mozart
ref: 2021

John F. Green’s You Can’t Dance to Mozart premiered at Class-Act Dinner Theatre in Whitby, Ontario followed by his play, What Mildred Did! (Two Writes Don’t Make a Wrong) which went on to be published by Next Stage Press in 2018 along with his plays The House on Geoffrey Street and The Ghost of Dunsford Hall.

John F. Green, born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, worked as a part-time news and feature writer for a local radio station. He went on to study broadcasting and journalism at Ryerson University and began working as a writer with both the CBC and CTV affiliate stations in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

In 1971 John became Executive Producer for Educational Television at Red River Community College, Department of Colleges and University Affairs in Winnipeg. He continued his education at Red River College and Central Michigan University. After graduation, his first children’s book, There are Trolls, was published with Peguis Publishers and his first screen play, The Bargain, Produced by Global Television.

John and his family moved to Oshawa in 1976 where he began his second career as an English teacher on the faculty of Journalism and Public Relations at Durham College while doing summer studies in Media Law at the University of Western Ontario. In 1984, John’s second children’s book, the Canadian best seller There’s a Dragon in My Closet, was published. Two more children’s books, Alice and the Birthday Giant and Junk-Pile Jennifer, were published with Scholastic Publishers; both received the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Gold Seal Award.

John wrote his first junior novel, The House that Max Built in 1991 followed by The Curse of Jonathan Matthew, a ghost story set in rural England. He retired from Durham College in 1999 and has since published a number of children’s stories. John’s children’s fantasy for Orchestra and Narrator premiered with the Durham Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and his latest children’s book, Miss Mildred Meets the Bare-Naked Owl, was released by Peanut Butter Press in 2019. John currently lives and writes in Courtice, Ontario.

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