Momentum and passion define the early stages of CJ McGillivray’s playwriting career. She hit the ground running as an emerging playwright under the mentorship of esteemed writers including Hiro Kanagawa, Dave Daveau, Shawn Macdonald and Amiel Gladstone.

In her writing, CJ McGillivray explores complex themes of passion, devastation and romance. She strives to fearlessly confront darkness on stage through genuine compassion and humour. Her scripts challenge the unfair judgements placed upon people struggling with mental health and instability. Recent endeavours include her dark comedy Rogue Horizon, her nocturnal romance The City Never Sleeps and the tense family drama White Picket Fencewhich was developed through Delinquent Theatre’s inaugural Playwrights in Residence Program. In recent years, CJ received a scholarship of recognition and excellence from the Arts Club Theatre Company for the development of her psychological thriller, Pity Old Flame under the mentorship of acclaimed actor and playwright Shawn MacdonaldFor a complete summary of her recent playwriting experience, refer to her Playwriting Resume.


Mature, complex and sophisticated. She displays an oddball fraternity with the early works of Harold Pinter and the fresh perspective of a contemporary young mind.

(Stephen Drover, Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre)

Funny, insane, absurd, poetic, quirky and original. Her dialogue and characters bounce with vibrancy and definition.

(Moses Caliboso, Arts Club Theatre Company LEAP Alumni)

She takes risks and approaches sensitive issues with just the right amount of intensity, humour and believability.

(Nicholas Harrison, Capilano University Theatre Faculty)