Hrant Alianak made his debut as a writer in 1972 at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto with his play TANTRUMS. Other plays he has written and directed include his Gangster trilogy, NIGHT, PASSION AND SIN and LUCKY STRIKE, as well as THE BLUES, THE BIG HIT and THE WALLS OF AFRICA. His play LUCKY STRIKE has been performed to rave reviews in such cities as New York, Washington, Liverpool, London and Tel Aviv. His play THE BLUES has been performed across the country and has been hailed as a 'brilliantly imaginative comedy'. His play THE WALLS OF AFRICA played to sellout audiences, was nominated for 8 Dora Awards and received 3, including Best Production.
Hrant Alianak started producing in 1992 and formed his company ALIANAK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS which continued producing and developing plays until 2012. Amongst the plays he has produced and directed, were the original and remount productions of his two plays THE BIG HIT and THE WALLS OF AFRICA. Plays produced by ALIANAK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS have garnered 23 Dora nominations and won 3.
Hrant Alianak has also directed opera and television and his television movie MICHAEL AND KITTY was nominated for 3 Gemini Awards. He has also had a substantial career as an actor and has appeared in over a hundred and fifty television programs, made for TV movies and films. He was nominated for his performance in Atom Egoyan's FAMILY VIEWING in the supporting actor category. He has had recurring roles in numerous series and has appeared in 4 episodes of ROBOCOP, 5 episodes of MORE TEARS, 2 episodes of NIKITA, 8 episodes of NERO WOOLFE, 2 episodes of MONK, 5 episodes of AT THE HOTEL, 13 episodes of JEFF LTD, 3 episodes of LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, 5 episodes of CRASH & BURN and 6 episodes of MY BABYSITTER'S A VAMPIRE a well as Bruce McDonald's film PONTYPOOL and Ruba Nada's film INESCAPABLE. He was also nominated for a Dora award for outstanding leading actor in the Tarragon Theatre production of HOUSE OF MANY TONGUES.
He has recently completed two feature films, A TRIP TO THE ISLAND and BURNING, BURNING, both of which he wrote, directed and co-produced.