Sketch of Beverley Cooper by Marc Taro Holmes, part of his Innocence Lost Production Diary

Beverley Cooper

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. Innocent Lost  had a highly acclaimed production at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, a co-production with the Centaur Theatre.  Her play, The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township, premiered at the 2012 at the Blyth Festival. In 2016, she had two new plays produced: Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (GCTC - nominated for a Prix Rideau Award) and If Truth Be Told (Blyth Festival) . Beverley’s plays are published by Scirocco Drama.  She 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’s television writing credits include episodes of Ready or Not, Sesame Park and Street Legal.  Beverley trained as an actor at Studio 58 in Vancouver, and has performed in TV, film and in theatres across the country. Beverley holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.  You can follow her work on Facebook