Martha Burns

Martha Burns has performed leading roles at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals and at theatres across the country. Winner of the 2005 Barbara Hamilton Award for “excellence and professionalism in the performing arts”, she also received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her work in Trafford Tanzi and The Miracle Worker and was nominated for three more.

She is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company, and is a Gemini winner for Best Actress for her leading role of Ellen Fanshaw in Slings and Arrows, and two supporting actress Genie Awards for Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Love and Savagery. She received a 2015 best supporting actress nomination for the recurring role of Rebecca Baker in the Global TV series Remedy


With actor/writer, Susan Coyne, she wrote and directed the short film How Are You?, an official selection for TIFF 2008. The pair also produced and directed a documentary about one of Canada’s most influential directors, Robin Phillips, which premiered at Hot Docs Bloor Cinema in April 2016.

Recently, she acted with her husband Paul Gross in the play Domesticated at Canadian Stage. Martha teaches acting at the National Theatre School.

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