Author Tags: Theatre

Gwen Ringwood is cited in the Encyclopedia of British Columbia as having the first book of collected plays published by a Canadian playwright.

Born on August 13th, 1910 in Washington state, Gwen Ringwood arrived in Canada in 1931 to study at the University of Alberta. She began her career as a playwright at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1935 and later worked as a teacher in Alberta. In 1953 she moved to Williams Lake with her husband Dr. Barney Ringwood. She became active in the Williams Lake Players Club, writing and directing plays like The Road Runs North, a musical celebrating Canada's 1967 Centennial. She was the recipient of several awards including the Eric Hamber Trophy and the Governor General's Award for outstanding service to Canadian drama, as well as two doctorates from the University of Victoria and the University of Lethbridge. She wrote more than 60 plays. She died on the 24 of May in 1984 in Chimney Lake in the Cariboo.


Still Stands the House (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1939)
Widger's Way (Toronto: Playwrights Co-op, 1976)
The Collected Plays of Gwen Pharis Ringwood, edited by Enid Delgatty Rutland (Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1982)


Anthony, Geraldine. Gwen Pharis Ringwood (Boston: G.K. Hall Publishers, 1981)

[BCBW 2004] "Theatre"