Erin Shields

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Erin Shields
Occupationactress, playwright
Notable worksIf We Were Birds, Paradise Lost

Erin Shields is a Canadian stage actress and playwright.[1] She is best known for her play If We Were Birds, which won the Governor General's Award for English-language drama at the 2011 Governor General's Awards,[2] and was a nominee for the 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play.[3] The play premiered at the Summerworks Festival in 2008 before being mounted by Tarragon Theatre in 2010.[1]

Her other plays include Barrel Crank,[4] Montparnasse (cowritten with Maev Beaty),[5] The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski,[6] The Epic of Gilgamesh (up to the part when Enkidu dies) and Soliciting Temptation,[7] and Beautiful Man.[8]

Her play Paradise Lost, a theatrical adaptation of John Milton's Paradise Lost, was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language drama at the 2018 Governor General's Awards.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Playwright Erin Shields nurtures two new creations". Toronto Star, April 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Three Toronto writers take home Governor General’s awards (two, somehow, for “bird” books)". Toronto Life, November 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Eric Peterson’s stagecraft brings three Dora nominations". Toronto Star, June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "A work in progress". St. Catharines Standard, August 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Theatre Review: Of models and nude muses in Montparnasse" Archived 2014-11-20 at National Post, March 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Masha mashup". Now, November 29, 2007.
  7. ^ "Theatre Review: Soliciting Temptation is the season’s best new Canadian play" Archived 2014-11-20 at National Post, April 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Sumi, Glenn (5 August 2015). "SummerWorks Preview: Erin Shields flips the gender switch". NOW. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  9. ^ "The finalists for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for drama". CBC Books, October 3, 2018.