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

What’s New…

I’ve been nominated for Best Toronto Playwright in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice Awards.  To vote go to bestof.nowtoronto.com  Click on Film & Stage, then scroll down to the Best Playwright category.  Voting closes Sept. 18.

I am Marguerite , directed by Molly Thom, ran at the Alumnae Theatre from April 10 – 25, 2015.

Powerful, moving, and beautifully raw storytelling”—Read the full review lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com.
 Click here for the trailer to get a taste of the show.
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Chris Coculuzzi as Jean Francois de Roberval and Daniela Pagliarello as Marguerite. Photo: Bruce Peters

You can also click  Follow the Playwright, an initiative of the Playwrights Guild of Canada to read more about I am Marguerite and see me read a short scene from the play.

Shusha and the Story Snatcher was performed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Ap. 9, 2015

For further information on upcoming events click here. Upcoming.

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

Follow me on Twitter @shirleyplays