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 last 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. Amongst the plays he has produced were 5 plays featuring Armenian themes and issues. These included Richard Kalinoski’s BEAST ON THE MOON and A CROOKED MAN, Adam Nashman’s CRIMES, all three of which he directed as well. He has also produced and directed the original and remount productions of his two plays THE BIG HIT and THE WALLS OF AFRICA, produced and directed two of three plays by and featuring Nick Mancuso, HOTEL PRAHA, THE DEATH OF SOCRATES and DUSE, produced two plays by Eric Woolfe including DEAR BOSS and Ronald Weihs’ adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s THE GAMBLER. Plays produced by ALIANAK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS have garnered 23 Dora nominations and won 3. ALIANAK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ceased operations in 2012.
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 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, 8 episodes of NERO WOOLFE, 5 episodes of AT THE HOTEL, 13 episodes of JEFF LTD, 7 episodes of MY BABYSITTER'S A VAMPIRE, 5 episodes of CRASH & BURN, 3 episodes of LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE and 2 episodes each of NIKITA, MONK, THE BORDER and XIII. He has recently been seen in the mini-series ZONE OF SEPARATION, and Bruce McDonald's feature film PONTYPOOL. He was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in the 2009 Tarragon Theatre production of HOUSE OF MANY TONGUES.
He has had twelve of the fourteen plays that he has written, published.