|Born||30 June 1952|
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||7 July 2020|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Playwright, news anchor|
George Elroy Boyd (June 30, 1952 – July 7, 2020) was a playwright and a former co-host of the CBC Morning News. He was the first black national news anchor in Canada, working as an original anchor of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Newsworld, which launched in 1989.
In 1988, with his debut play, Shine Boy, Boyd became the first indigenous African-Nova Scotian to have a play professionally produced at Neptune Theatre, Nova Scotia's premier main stage. Since then, his plays were shown in Lahore, Pakistan, Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal and New York, US, among other locales.
A recipient of numerous awards from his native Nova Scotia, in 2000, his play Consecrated Ground was nominated for a Governor General's Award for drama.
Boyd resided in Montreal. His 2009 play, Le Code Noir, about the life of 18th-century composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was produced by Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal, at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
Boyd died July 7, 2020, in Montreal, Quebec.
- Two by George! Consecrated Ground and Gideon's Blues (1996)
- Consecrated Ground (1999)
- Gideon's Blues (2004)
- Wade in the Water (2005)
- Patil, Anjuli (July 25, 2020). "George Elroy Boyd, Canada's first Black national news anchor, dies at 68". CBC.ca. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
- "Halifax filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald examines urban decay in VisionTV drama". Canadian Press, May 10, 2010.
- http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/pgc/c_playwright.asp?codein=3C62723E3C62723E3C62723E313437303C62723E353135363C62723E George Boyd - Playwrights Guild of Canada][dead link]
- "George Elroy Boyd". Halifax Chronicle-Herald. July 25, 2020. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved July 25, 2020.