Beverley’s writing for theatre includes Thin Ice (co-written with Banuta Rubess – Dora/Chalmer’s Awards), Clue in the Fast Lane (co-written with Ann-Marie MacDonald), The Eyes of Heaven and The Woman in White (adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins). 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 was on the Globe and Mail bestseller list, a first for a Canadian playwright. Innocence Lost recently had a highly acclaimed production at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, a co-production with the Centaur Theatre.Her newest play, The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township, premiered at the 2012 Blyth Festival. Beverley’s plays are published by Scirocco Drama. Beverley's writing is represented by Suzanne DePoe at CTI Artists Management.
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.
Beverley 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. She is currently exploring new ways to reinvent the art of radio drama.
In addition to writing for the theatre and radio, Beverley has written for film and television. She has also worked as a script editor.
A recent graduate of the University of Guelph's Creative Writing MFA program, Beverley is currently writing a collection of short stories.
A note about this photo of August Strindberg's desk. The playwright used high quality writing materials: British steel nibs, French ink and hand-made paper. The arrangement in the photo is exactly as it was at the time of his death, in meticulous order.
Beverley has performed in theatres across Canada including the premieres and tours of Nothing Sacred by George F. Walker and Goodnight Desdemona, Good-Morning Juliet by Ann-Marie MacDonald. She has worked frequently with Video Cabaret, including The Cold War and City for Sale.Beverley has also acted in TV,radio and film including the feature film Zombie Dearest and the TV movie Crossing the Line.Beverley is a graduate of Studio 58.
Beverley has taught numerous workshops in playwriting and writing for radio. She has given presentations in research-inspired theatre, often does readings of her work and has presented key-note speeches. If you are interested in finding out about upcoming workshops, are interested in on-line mentoring or readings contact Beverley at email@example.com.
What's Coming Up
If Truth Be Told is a fictional look on attempts by fundamentalist Christians in the 1970s to ban the teaching of books by Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence in high schools. Directed by Miles Potter at the Blyth Festival. July 27-September 3rd(in rep.). Find out more here.
Beverley recently received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. This is allowing her to look at radio drama in Canada and beyond, and re-imaginine what new forms of audio drama might sound like.