Atom Egoyan was born in Cairo in 1960 and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. He moved to Toronto in 1978. A prolific practitioner, he has made work for opera, the visual arts, television, theatre and cinema including installation pieces for the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Venice Biennale (in collaboration with Julião Sarmento) and Le Fresnoy. Feature films include; Chloe, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia’s Journey and Ararat. Opera direction include; Salome for the Canadian Opera Company and the world premiere of Gavin Bryars’ Dr Ox’s Experiment for English National Opera. The Sweet Hereafterearned Egoyan an Academy Award nomination and also won three awards at Cannes in 1997 and another two of Egoyan's films have since been nominated for the Palme d'Or. He has also received many other accolades such as the Toronto Film Critics Association Award: Best Canadian Film, The Independent Spirit Award: Best Foreign Film, Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prix du Jury and the Dan David Prize for "Creative Rendering of the Past".
Steenbeckett is part of The Artangel Collection. Since its initial presentation in 2002, it has been installed at Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester in 2011, at the International Beckett Festival in Enniskillen in 2012 and at mac birmingham in 2015.