ⓘ Nicolas Billon


ⓘ Nicolas Billon

Nicolas Billon was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of Johanne Archambault and writer Pierre Billon.

The Elephant Song, his first play, premiered at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2004. His second play, The Measure of Love, was produced there in 2005.

A member of the inaugural Soulpepper Academy, Nicolass version of Anton Chekhovs Three Sisters was produced at Soulpepper in 2007, directed by Laszlo Marton. He also co-created BLiNK with the other members of the Academy for the Luminato Festival.

In 2009, Billon joined the Tarragon Playwrights Unit. That June, his adaptation of Molieres The Sicilian was one of the hits of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

A few months later, his play Greenland opened at the 2009 SummerWorks Theatre Festival. It was a critical and audience success, and won both the Now Magazine Audience Choice Award and the SummerWorks Outstanding Production Award. Later that year, Billon was voted one of the Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009 by Torontos Now Magazine.

Billon was a finalist for and won the 2013 Governor Generals Award for Drama for Fault Lines.

His play The Elephant Song was adapted into the 2014 film Elephant Song, directed by Charles Biname and starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, and Catherine Keener. His screenplay garnered both the 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the 2015 WGC Screenwriting Award for Features & Mini-Series.

Billons newest play, Butcher, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in October 2014. The play deals with the theme of justice and features several characters who speak Lavinian, an invented language created by two linguists, Christina Kramer and Dragana Obradovic, specifically for the play.


1. Theatre


  • The Safe Word 2011
  • Butcher 2014
  • Greenland 2009
  • The Measure of Love 2005
  • Faroe Islands 2013
  • Iceland 2012
  • The Elephant Song 2004


  • Chekhovs Three Sisters 2007
  • Stevensons Treasure Island 2017
  • Molieres The Sicilian 2009
  • Aeschylus Agamemnon 2016
  • Brecht & Steffins Rifles 2014
  • Euripides Iphigenia at Aulis 2010