Kathi B. Ellis, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Kathi E.B. Ellis was a champion of the arts, and a collaborator of theatre that brings change to communities. She was a gifted teacher, a mentor to many artists, and a fierce feminist, much loved and much admired. Kathi passed away July 15th as a result of complications from cancer. She was 59.
Kathi was an active member of ICWP for more than 20 years. She was a frequent contributor on the ICWP discussion list, offering support, advice and artistic insights into the art of theatre and playwriting. She gave her time, energy and considerable talents by organising reading events of plays by ICWP members to celebrate International Women's Day and then later for SWAN day.
ICWP member Robin Rice writes, “Kathi was more than a brilliant director. Her life was dedicated to theater, helping to advance women's theater in particular. I'm told that only a few weeks ago she was actually holding rehearsals in her hospital room. That's how persuasive and committed she was. I doubt if the hospital staff allowed this to happen right off the bat!”
Kathi received her MFA in Directing from the University of Louisville and was the first recipient of the Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Award for Gender Equity, from the University of Louisville’s Women's Center. She was a professional theatre director, a member of the Lincoln Center and Chicago Director’s Labs, and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She directed professionally across the USA and had been nominated for the South Florida Regional Theatre Carbonell Award (West Side Story and Jekyll and Hyde).
Kathi was Co-Artistic Director and Resident Director of Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. In addition to performing plays by and about women, the company provides outreach to communities of women, both domestically and internationally. A donation to the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is perhaps the best way to honor Kathi.
Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
VENUE: Clifton Center, Louisville, Kentucky
DATES: July 2017
Erica McClure (Dr. Walker) tells her family she wants to serve the Union Army (Ted Lesley as her father, Mandi Elkins Hutchins as her mother, and Dawn Campbell as her sister.)
Shirley Barrie, Toronto , Canada
(September 30, 1945 – April 15, 2018)
SHIRLEY BARRIE was a playwright, producer and arts administrator. She co-founded the Tricycle Theatre in London, England and Straight Stitching Productions in Toronto and received two Chalmers Awards and a Dora Award for plays written for Straight Stitching. She wrote plays for young and family audiences, for adults and librettos for opera. She co-edited the book, Prepare to Embark: Six Theatrical Voyages for Young Audiences. Recently she has had two plays produced by 4th Line Theatre: Beautiful Lady, Tell Me.... (2007) and Queen Marie (2012). Measure of the World was produced by the Alumnae Theatre in 2013, and I am Marguerite was produced at the Alumnae in 2015. She was also a story editor for film and television projects and was President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada from 2009-11.
Shirley was a well-loved and respected member of ICWP from its earliest days and regularly contributed knowledge and enthusiasm to discussions on the ICWP Email discussion List. Many members have benefitted from her generous sharing of insights and experience of playwriting and creating theatre.