Estate of Suzanne Finlay

Suzanne Finlay, originally from Gary, Indiana, graduated with a B.Sc. from Northwestern University in 1952 after majoring in drama studies.  After working for two summers as an actress she emigrated with her husband to Canada. 

From 1953-1961 Ms. Finlay worked as a professional actress on stage, radio, television and film.  Her acting career took her to locations such as Montreal, Toronto and London, England in over 300 lead or featured roles, with CBC, National Film Board, BBC Radio, Granada TV and London's West End.

During her third year in London, she became Play Editor in the London offices of MGM Hollywood and worked there until 1963.  For the next two years she worked as a play agent for the Curtis Brown Literary Agency, handling authors such as W.S. Maugham, Samuel Beckett, Noel Coward and Brian Friel.

In 1965 family obligations brought her back to Canada where she joined CBC-TV in Toronto as one of four full-time story editors.  Later at CBMT Montreal she was responsible for approximately 70 produced dramas.

In 1971 Ms. Finlay wrote LOOSE ENDS, a CBC-TV half-hour comedy series and a teleplay called A CURE FOR THE COMMON COLD.

The next nine years were spent as Script Consultant for CBC-TV in Vancouver where she developed and supervised all scripts for the "Beachcombers" and forty other television dramas.  During this time she was a regular contributing writer to the US daytime soap SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.

In 1984 Ms. Finlay wrote her first stage play, MONKEYSHINES, which premiered at Bastion Theatre in Victoria, B.C. and was subsequently published by Playwrights Union of Canada in a collection, Four New Comedies.

Time spent at Playwrights Workshop Montreal and the Banff Playwrights Colony resulted in a second script GONE TO GLORY, which has been performed at such theatres as the Blyth Festival, Ontario; Belfry Theatre, Victoria BC; and the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.

Other plays by Suzanne Finlay include THE PIG WAR and LAST RITES AND WRONGS