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Beth Kaplan

Beth Kaplan

I spent my twenties as a professional actress, mostly in Vancouver, but in 1980 left the stage to take an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, delivering my thesis, a biography of my once-famous great-grandfather, the day before my second child was born. In 1994, while continuing research on my relative and raising two children as a single mother in Toronto, I began teaching creative non-fiction and memoir writing at Ryerson University and later also at U of T. I published scores of personal essays in the Globe and other newspapers and magazines and regularly read my own work on CBC radio. Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: the Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007; I spoke about the book throughout the U.S. and Canada, at Oxford University, and in French in Paris. The paperback edition was launched in New York in 2012 with a blurb from renowned playwright Tony Kushner. I've since published the sixties memoir All My Loving: coming of age with Paul McCartney in Paris, and True to Life: 50 steps to help you tell your story, which is the textbook for my courses. My second memoir Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found, about my life as an actress and the year, 1979, when everything changed forever, released in September 2020, was a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book award. 



Canadian Jewish Playwriting competition, 1994
winner, Excellence in Teaching Award, U of T, 2012
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