About Mark Leiren-Young
Author and Filmmaker
MARK hosts the popular environmental podcast Skaana. He directed and wrote The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, a documentary about the matriarch of the southern resident orcas that won the 2018 Writers Guild of Canada Award for Best Documentary.
His book about Moby Doll: The Killer Whale Who Changed the World won the 2016 Science Writers and Communicators Award. His first children's book - Orcas Everywhere - is being published by Orca in fall, 2019.
Mark is the author of two comic memoirs Free Magic Secrets Revealed (Harbour) and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen — A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo (Heritage), which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
His other books include The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut (Heritage), a collection of interviews dealing with the future of our forests and This Crazy Time (Knopf) written with/about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman.
As a playwright Mark’s latest comedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy, debuted in 2018 at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver. The US premiere was at the Chester Theatre in Mass. A Czech translation of his play, Shylock (starring Milan Knazko), is in repertory in Prague through 2020.
His plays have been produced throughout North America and also staged in Europe and Australia. Shylock has been translated into French, Czech and Dutch. Shylock and Articles of Faith are published by Anvil Press.
As a journalist Mark has written for TIME, Maclean’s, The Hollywood Reporter, The Walrus and most of Canada’s daily newspapers.
He wrote and co-starred in the EarthVision award-winning TV special Greenpieces: The World’s First Eco-Comedy, featuring his comedy duo Local Anxiety.
He has written over a hundred hours of television – include recent episode of the Netflix live action/animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code.