Beth Kaplan

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Beth (Elizabeth) Kaplan

(1950-08-01) August 1, 1950 (age 73)
New York City, United States
EducationMFA in Creative Writing
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Actor
AwardsU of T’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)

Beth (Elizabeth) Kaplan (born August 1, 1950) is a writer, teacher, and actor.

She is the author of three books and great-granddaughter of renowned Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin.


Beth Kaplan began her career as a professional actor, primarily in Vancouver. She appeared in nine tours, including one national tour. She left the stage in 1980 to earn an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

It was called “a witty, shrewd, elegant book which tells a story of vital importance” by Tony Kushner[1]. She spoke about the book across Canada, four times in New York including at the 92nd Street Y[2], in other American cities, in French in Paris[3], and at Oxford University[4]. In 2008 she delivered the annual Wexler Lecture in Jewish History in Washington, D.C.

She has taught personal essay and memoir writing at Ryerson University since 1994 and also at the University of Toronto since 2007, where in 2012 she won U of T’s Excellence in Teaching Award. A fellow of the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program, she produces So True[5], a twice-yearly reading series for her long-term students and herself, at the Black Swan in Toronto. A board and conference committee member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective[6], she gave a Master Class at a recent conference entitled “The Writer as Performer.”

Her new memoir Loose Woman (upcoming) is the story of her fraught years as an actress through the wild and crazy seventies and the year 1979 when her life changed forever.

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