Shirley Barrie, Toronto , Canada
(September 30, 1945 – April 15, 2018)
SHIRLEY BARRIE was a playwright, producer and arts administrator. She co-founded the Tricycle Theatre in London, England and Straight Stitching Productions in Toronto and received two Chalmers Awards and a Dora Award for plays written for Straight Stitching. She wrote plays for young and family audiences, for adults and librettos for opera. She co-edited the book, Prepare to Embark: Six Theatrical Voyages for Young Audiences. Recently she has had two plays produced by 4th Line Theatre: Beautiful Lady, Tell Me.... (2007) and Queen Marie (2012). Measure of the World was produced by the Alumnae Theatre in 2013, and I am Marguerite was produced at the Alumnae in 2015. She was also a story editor for film and television projects and was President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada from 2009-11.
Shirley was a well-loved and respected member of ICWP from its earliest days and regularly contributed knowledge and enthusiasm to discussions on the ICWP Email discussion List. Many members have benefitted from her generous sharing of insights and experience of playwriting and creating theatre.