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Born in Vancouver, Sally Clark is a critically acclaimed playwright who has been dazzling audiences with her penchant for dark humour, ironic wit and sharp character portrayals. Her plays, typically presented in a series of short, vivid and fast-paced scenes, seamlessly combine comedic and tragic motifs to tell the stories of strong and adventurous women. In Saint Frances of Hollywood and Life Without Instruction, she demonstrates her knack for dramatizing the lives of historical figures, providing a feminist re-visioning of what it means and what it costs to be a heroine. Clark has been playwright-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, the Shaw Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Nakai Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. She is also an accomplished painter, director and filmmaker. While a resident at the Canadian Film Centre in 1991-92, Clark adapted and directed a movie version of Ten Ways to Abuse an Old Woman, which won the Special Prix du Jury at the Henri Langlois Short Film Festival, held in Poitiers, France. Another short by Clark, The Art of Conversation, won the Bronze Award for best dramatic short at the Worldfest Charleston Festival.
Clark moved to Toronto in 1974 but returned to Vancouver in 1994 and has been residing there since. For more information on the work and career of Sally Clark, visit her website.
QUOTES OF NOTESaint Frances of Hollywood
It is this mix of fact and fantasy that Clark has captured so brilliantly and used to striking advantage…the effect is brutally chilling.
A searing tragedy…
— Toronto Star
QUOTES OF NOTELife Without Instruction
Sally Clark’s great talents as a playwright are her seemingly effortless ability to shift from light to dark and her finely tuned understanding of life’s rich ambiguties.
— Toronto Star
QUOTES OF NOTEMoo
"… very droll and very funny play … one of the highlights of the Toronto theatre season." — Globe and Mail
"Moo bristles with ferocious energy." — Victoria Times Colonist
"… well written, laced with black humour and filled with a host of sharply drawn characters." — Toronto Star
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