Beverley Cooper

Beverley has written for theatre, TV and film. Beverley’s writing for theatre includes Thin Ice (co-written with Banuta Rubess – Dora and Chalmer’s Awards, published by Playwrights Canada Press), Clue in the Fast Lane (co-written with Ann-Marie MacDonald), the critically acclaimed The Eyes of Heaven (published by Scirocco Drama) and The Woman in White (adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins) which was produced at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton in 2008. Her play Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott was a sold out hit at the Blyth Festival in both 2008 and 2009 and was a finalist for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award. Innocence Lost is published by Scirocco Drama and was recently on the Globe and Mail bestseller list, a first for a Canadian playwright. Innocent Lost recently had a highly acclaimed production at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. 

Her newest play, The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township, premiered at the 2012 Blyth Festival and has just been published by Scirocco Drama.  Beverley was invited to speak in Stockholm  at the 2102 Women Playwrights International Conference. 

Beverley has written extensively for CBC radio drama; both original dramas and adaptations. Her adaptation of Rohinton Mistry’s epic novel A Fine Balance and her original drama It Came from Beyond! both earned her nominations for a Writer’s Guild of Canada Award. She worked as the story editor on the award winning radio series Afghanada, as well as producing the second season and directing five episodes. She has dramatized the following books for radio: Alias Grace, Away, The Secret World of Og (Silver Medal Award Winner - New York Festival - International Radio Awards) and The Englishman’s Boy. Other original dramas includes the hugely popular series The Super Adventures of Mary Marvelous. 

Beverley’s television writing credits include episodes of Ready or Not, Sesame Park and Street Legal. She has also written a film script entitled The Partly True Adventures of Pearl Heart. Beverley trained as an actor at Studio 58 in Vancouver, and has performed in TV, film and in theatres across the country. Beverley is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Guelph where she worked with instructors Judith Thompson, Catherine Bush, Leonard Berkman, Michael Winter and David Young.  Beverley is a member of PEN Canada: an organization that assists writers around the world who are persecuted for the peaceful expression of their ideas.   She lives in Toronto.

Affiliation: 
PEN