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…

There will be a reading of 20 minutes from my new play, Montgomery in Blue, as part of First Look at 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, Ontario on Aug 26 & 27 at 1 pm.  Montgomery in Blue is about L.M. Montgomery’s years as a minister’s wife in Leaskdale Ontario and how her fractured life there impacted the writing of The Blue Castle.

On October 25th, 2015, I was honoured to be presented with the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Lifetime Membership Award by Carolyn Zapf.

Three plays I had the opportunity to dramaturge have had recent success.  Chloe Whitehorn‘s Divine Wrecks was named as one of the Top Ten shows of 2015 by the blog, lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.comNorman Yeung’s, Theory, won the 2015 Herman Voaden Playwrighting Award, and Donna Langevin’s, Bargains in the New World, was the winner of First Prize at the Eden Mills/Guelph One Act play competition for 2015.  Congratulations to Chloe, Norman and Donna!

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


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

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