Letter to my Hometown in Women Writing Letters Seasons 3 & 4. Edited by Tara Goldstein and Amanda Greer, Gailey Road Productions, 2015.  ISBN 9781312819047.  Order from

Scene from “Carrying the Calf” in Scenes from a Diverse World, edited by Karin Diann Williams, International Centre for Women Playwrights, 2013.  ISBN 1480179337.  Order from

Frenchie’s monologue from “Straight Stitching” in 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One-Minute Monologues for Women, Vol. 2, edited by Irene Ziegler Aston and John Capecci, Smith and Kraus Publishers, 2006. ISBN 1575254018. Order from Smith and Kraus.

Hansel and Gretel, Theatrefolk, 2005. ISBN 1-894870-53-0. Order from Theatrefolk.

“Audience” in Snappy Shorts at Tarragon Theatre, compiled by Andy McKim, Playwrights Canada Press, 2004. ISBN 0-88754-750-8

“Duck Blind” in The Complete Audition Book for Young Actors, edited by Roger Ellis, Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-56608-088-6

Prepare to Embark: Six Theatrical Voyages for Young Audiences. Edited by Shirley Barrie and Emil Sher. Playwrights Canada Press. 2002. ISBN 0-88754-652-8. Order from the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Cover Design: Robin ChubbThe six plays featured in this collection offer endless ways to engage students in middle grades.

Girl Who Loved Her Horses by acclaimed aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor – set on a reserve, and imaginatively affirming the importance of creativity in a world that can be hard.

Beo’s Bedroom by Ned Dickens – written in verse, this is a modern re-imagining of Beowulf, an old English poem first told over a thousand years ago.

Mella Mella by Gail Nyoka – who uses music, masks, choreography, mime and shadow puppets to bring an African folk tale to life.

Crusader of the World by Arthur Milner – a very contemporary story in which Shelley visits a third world country and discovers that she doesn’t have all the answers.

The Elfin Knight by Christine Foster – inspired by Celtic folk tales, but set in Cape Breton and first performed outside in a natural amphitheatre.

Cyberteens in Love by Matthew Decter – a leap into a very different and dark future which challenges readers to think about what it means to be human.

“This collection of six Canadian plays suitable for students in the middle grades is an excellent resource. The plays allow students to explore language and discuss issues important to their age group….Editors Shirley Barrie and Emil Sher…have done an admirable job of selecting plays that provide teachers many ways to use different methods of performance art….Highly recommended.”
For the full review.

“Carrying the Calf” in New International Plays for Young Audiences, edited by Roger Ellis. Meriwether Publishing Ltd. 2002. ISBN 1-56608-081-9

Carrying the Calf, Theatrefolk. 2003. ISBN 1-894870-36-0. Order from Theatrefolk.

“Duck Blind” and excerpt from “I am Marguerite” in Audition Monologs for Student Actors II, edited by Roger Ellis. Meriwether Publishing Ltd. 2001. ISBN 1-56608-073-8

“Madhouse,” Brooklyn Publishers, 2000. ISBN 1-931000-52-2. Order from Brooklyn Publishers

“Shusha and the Story Snatcher,” Eldridge Plays & Musicals, 1999. ISBN 1-57514-354-2
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“Duck Blind,” a version for one actress, Brooklyn Publishers, 1999. ISBN 1-930961-00-6. Order from Brooklyn Publishers

“Een Heksenbrouwsel,” trans. Jan Dullemond, Internet Dionysia, Holland, 1999.

Excerpts from “Carrying the Calf” and “I am Marguerite” in Two For the Show, edited by Brian Kennedy. Playwrights Canada Press, 1999. ISBN 0-88754-579-3. Order from the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

“Transition,” in Going it Alone, edited by Kit Brennan. Nuage Editions, 1997. (Now Signature Editions) ISBN 0-921-833-52-0

“Duck Blind,” in Instant Applause II, Blizzard Press, 1996. ISBN 0-921368-60-7

“Carrying the Calf” in Wanna Play?, Playwrights Canada Press, 1994. ISBN 0-88754-495-9
Out of print.

Excerpt from “The Women’s Circle Project,” and “Aiming for the Centre,” Canadian Theatre Review, No. 69, Winter, 1991.

“Straight Stiching,” in New Canadian Dramatists, 5, ed. Alan Filewod, Borealis Press, 1991. ISBN 0-88887-098-1

“Small Triumphs,” in Glancing Fires, ed. Lesley Saunders, Women’s Press, 1987.

“Organizing the Fringe,” in Canadian Theatre Review, No. 14, Spring, 1977.

The following plays are available in copyscript format from :
the Playwrights Guild of Canada, 54 Wolseley St. 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M5T 1A5
e- mail
Playwrights Guild of Canada

Beautiful Lady, Tell Me…
Brigit Bondfast: Space Scientist
Choices (radio script)
I am Marguerite
In the Midst of Death (radio script)
Jack Sheppard’s Back
Marguerite de Roberval (radio script)
Measure of the World
Queen Marie
Riders of the Sea
Straight Stitching (radio script)
Sonjo and the Thundergod
The Girl in the Flower Basket
Tripping Through Time
What If…?