Beth Graham is a playwright and actor. She was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, grew up in Cochrane, Alberta and now lives in Edmonton.
Her most recent play, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award. The play was written while she was a member of the Citadel Theatre Playwright’s Forum and a participant in the Banff Playwrights Colony. The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble premiered at Factory Theatre (co-produced with Obsidian Theatre) and has since been produced at Theatre Network, Persephone Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Company and Prairie Theatre Exchange.
She is one of three co-creators of The Drowning Girls. The play premiered in 1999 at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In 2008, Beth, Daniela Vlaskalic, and Charlie Tomlinson re-wrote the play for a premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects PlayRites Festival. The production went on to tour nationally. The Drowning Girls has received Sterling awards, Betty Mitchell awards, SATA awards, was short listed for the Carol Bolt award, received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood award, and was nominated for a Dora. The Drowning Girls has also been produced internationally in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Other collaborations include: Fortune Falls (with Jonathan Christenson, Catalyst Theatre), Comrades, Mules, The Last Train (with Daniela Vlaskalic) , and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things (with Nathan Cuckow).
Beth has been an artist-in-residence at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre and Catalyst Theatre. She has attended retreats at the Stratford Festival, the Banff Playwrights Colony and the National Theatre School.