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Erin Shields

Panelist: (Re)casting Shakespeare in Canada

Erin Shields is a Canadian playwright based in Toronto. Much of her work highlights the negation or misrepresentation of women in classical texts by adapting these stories through a feminist lens for a contemporary audience. Erin’s most recent play, Queen Goneril, premiered at Soulpepper Theatre in rep with Shakespeare’s King Lear. Her adaptation of Paradise Lost, opened at The Stratford Festival of Canada and won the Quebec Writers Federation Prize for Playwriting. In 2011, Erin won the Governor General’s Award for her play If We Were Birds, which premiered at Tarragon Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Jane Eyre (Citadel Theatre), Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish Productions/Segal Centre), Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre), The Lady from the Sea (The Shaw Festival), The Millennial Malcontent and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre) and Instant (Geordie Theatre). Upcoming, the translation of Beautiful Man – Beau Gars, translated by Olivier Sylvestre – will play at Théâtre d’aujourd’hui. Erin is also working on Ransacking Troy, a new commission from the Stratford Festival. www.erinshields.ca