Dan Needles, Author and Playwright

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library Groups of Wellington and Milford. Thank you to St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church. Dan Needles is best known as the playwright behind the popular Wingfield Farm stage plays which are the longest running series in Canadian theatre history and have played in virtually every English-speaking theatre in the country. The Stratford Festival and Mirvish Productions have hosted his work in several of their seasons. A Wingfield television series ran for many years on CBC, Bravo and PBS.

Dan’s play The Team on the Hill had a sellout run at the Blyth Festival in 2019. The Last Christmas Turkey, a musical he wrote with composer Clive VanderBurgh, set a new box office record for Theatre Orangeville in December 2016 and returns to the theatre in December. He continues to write columns for farm publications and is touring a new show A Guide to Rural Living with folksinger Ian Bell.

In 2015, Needles was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Dan and his wife live on a small farm near Collingwood where they raise sheep.