Morris Panych (born 30 June 1952) is a Canadian playwright, director and actor. He was born in Calgary and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, now making his home in Toronto. He studied at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre. He has performed leading roles in over fifty theatre productions, as well as featured performances in several TV shows including a recurring role on The X Files. His written plays include Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (2003), Vigil (1999) (adapted for the British stage as Auntie and Me), Lawrence & Holloman (1996), The Ends of the Earth (1995), Earshot (1998), 7 Stories (1989), Dishwashers (2004), The Trespassers (2008) ; Gordon (2011), In Absentia (2012), The Shoplifters (2014), Sextet (2014) and The Waiting Room (2015). He won Canada's Governor General's Award for Drama for Girl in the Goldfish Bowl in 2004, and the 1994 Governor General's Award for The Ends of the Earth. He has directed nearly one hundred theatre and opera productions, including most of his own works, and the Prix Italia nominated The Overcoat, plus several music videos and Da Vinci's Inquest. He has directed 14 seasons with the Shaw Festival and 3 with the Stratford Festival in Canada. Most recently he wrote the acclaimed web series Hey Lady for CBC Televison. Panych married his longtime partner, Ken MacDonald, in 2004.