About Me

As a writer I love engaging the minds and enthusiasm of young audiences; I mine history for golden nuggets that shine today, and am particularly attracted to stories of women who refuse to play by the rules. I am always fascinated by the many shades of grey that make up the human experience. As a producer I co-founded the Tricycle Theatre in London, England with Ken Chubb and from 1989 to 2003 I was co-artistic director with Lib Spry of Straight Stitching Productions. As a story and script editor I work with Ken Chubb on the development of projects for film and television and was Senior Story Editor for Jozi-H, a 13 x 1 hour drama series.  I also work as a dramaturge for theatre.

I’m a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Canada.

What’s New…

QUEEN MARIE will be produced at the Alumnae Theatre April 13 – 28, 2018 as the finale of the theatre’s 100th anniversary season.

My one act play REVELATION is teamed with HEROES by Ken Mitchell for a program called TWO PLAYS AND A TART at the MAT Centre, 12 Brammer Drive Orillia, May 26-28 and Jun 2-4 2017.  (7:30 on Fri & Sat, 2:00pm on Sun).  Tickets $20 include a tart and coffee or tea at intermission.  Contact Mariposa Arts Theatre

Stats to back up the need for gender parity in film!!


For further information on upcoming events click here. Upcoming.

Contact me by e-mail: shirley.barrie@gmail.com

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