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Beverley Cooper is an award-winning playwright, dramaturge and teacher. She has written for TV, film and extensively for CBC radio drama, twice being nominated for Writers’ Guild of Canada Awards. Her plays have been produced widely across Canada. They include Thin Ice (co-written with Banuta Rubess, Chalmers/Dora Award), Clue in the Fast Lane (co-written with Ann-Marie MacDonald), The Eyes of Heaven, The Lonely Diner, Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (nominated for Prix Rideau Award) and If Truth Be Told. Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott was a sold out hit at the Blyth Festival in both 2008 and 2009, finalist for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award, was on the Globe and Mail bestseller list, a first for a Canadian playwright, and has had highly acclaimed productions at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, The Centaur Theatre in Montreal and Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto. In the summer of 2024, she will have two premieres of her plays: The Trials of Maggie Pollock (the Blyth Festival) and Jim Watts: Girl Reporter (4th Line Theatre).

Beverley trained as an actor and has performed in TV, film and in theatres across Canada. Beverley is a frequent director of audio books for Penguin Random House, including titles by Margaret Atwood, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Miriam Toews, Tanya Tagaq, Roméo Dallaire, Alicia Elliot and Harold R. Johnson. Beverley holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and has presented her work at Women Playwrights International conferences in Mumbai, Stockholm, Cape Town and Santiago. Beverley has taught playwriting at the National Theatre School, Toronto Metropolitan University’s Chang School of Continuing Studies and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers. Beverley was the coordinator of The CASA Project, a charitable arm of the Playwrights Guild of Canada that supports women playwrights in South Africa and is the 2022 recipient of the Bra D’or Award: an award that recognizes an individual for their efforts in supporting women playwrights. Beverley’s plays are published by Scirocco Drama. Learn more about Beverley at her website:

Published Work

Janet Wilson Meets the Queen – Scirocco Drama

If Truth Be Told – Scirocco Drama

The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township – Scirocco Drama

The Eyes of Heaven – Scirocco Drama 

Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott – Scirocco Drama

Clue in the Fast Lane, Co-written by Beverley Cooper & Ann-Marie MacDonald Playwrights Guild of Canada

Nelly Bly: Ten Days in a Madhouse (Anthology:  Adventures for (Big) Girls) – Playwrights Guild of Canada


  • Bra D’or Award (2022)
  • Finalist, Audie Award, Best Audio Book, direction: Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq (2019)
  • Nominated, Prix Rideau award, Outstanding New Creation, Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (2016)
  • Globe and Mail Bestseller, Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott (2012)
  • Finalist Governor General’s Award for Literature, Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott (2009)
  • Nominated, Writers Guild of Canada Award, Radio Drama: It Came from Beyond (2007)
  • Winner, Silver Medal, New York Festival International Radio Award, The Secret World of Og (2007)
  • Nominated, Writers Guild of Canada Award, Radio Drama: A Fine Balance (2005)
  • Co-Winner, Chalmers Award, Outstanding Children’s play, Thin Ice (1987)

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Playwright and audio dramatist Beverley Cooper has done a masterful job in adapting Collins's classic Victorian suspense novel to the audio medium.

Publisher's WeeklyPraise for The Woman in White

In its examination of our inability to ever truly know the full story about any particular moment - Harper's killing is, after all, still unsolved - Innocence Lost echoes British dramatist Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. In its depiction of hysteria in a small town and how children get caught up in the excitement of a police investigation, it brings to mind Arthur Miller's play The Crucible and Ian McEwen's novel Atonement.

Kelly Nestruck, The Globe & MailPraise for Innocence Lost

The Lonely Diner serves a satisfying entrée…The Lonely Diner a great, rewarding place to spend a few hours.

Calgary HeraldPraise for The Lonely Diner

Cooper does a great job here illustrating just how difficult it can be for women, in particular, though not exclusively, to navigate and define themselves in society...thought provoking.

New Ottawa CriticsPraise for Janet Wilson Meets the Queen