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Beth Kaplan

Beth was born in New York City and grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a few childhood years in London and Paris. She spent her twenties as a professional actress, mostly in Vancouver, and in 1980 left the stage to have her first child and begin the MFA program in Creative Writing at UBC. She delivered her thesis, a biography of her once-famous great-grandfather, the day before her second child was born. After receiving the degree she continued research on her relative while raising two children as a single mother in Toronto and teaching creative non-fiction and memoir writing at Ryerson University and later also at U of T. She published scores of personal essays in the Globe and other newspapers and magazines and regularly read her own work on CBC radio. The biography, Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: the Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007; she 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. She has since published the 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 her courses.

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