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…

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

I was also nominated for Best Toronto Playwright in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice Awards.

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.

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.

Two plays I had the opportunity to dramaturge have had recent success.  Norman 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 Norman and Donna!

There are two upcoming school productions of my adaptation of  Hansel and Gretel at Fries Lake School District, Hubertus, Wisconsin in January, 2016 and Raymond Fitzsimmons Mount Calvary Christian School in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on November 13 & 14, 2015.

For further information on upcoming events click here. Upcoming.

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

Follow me on Twitter @shirleyplays