Barrie Cole is a Chicago-based writer and the author of numerous plays, essays, performance monologues and short stories, including the critically acclaimed play FRUIT TREE BACKPACK directed by Eric Ziegenhagen. Her most recent play ELEVATOR TOURS premiered in January, 2014 and featured Carolyn Hoeredemann and Colm O'Reilly as part of The Rhinoceros Theatre Festival. It was called a "triumph of perversity" by Reader critic Tony Adler. Some other plays include SOMETHING MADE UP, I LOVE YOU PERMANENTLY, CLUMSY SUBLIME, TO RELAX AND LAUGH, THE JAZZTERPIECE, METAPHOR LAND and FLAT DANNY. She has performed and/or read her original language-based solo work throughout Chicago with numerous collaborators and companies, including The Curious Theatre Branch, Tellin Tales Theatre and The Magpies and as part of ongoing events like STORY SESSIONS, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW, PAPER MACHETE , ESSAY FIESTA, GUTS AND GLORY, THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE, and WRITE CLUB. She has also been seen both locally and nationally in full-length solo works such as WORD BATH, BONA FIDE CONVERSATION, PARADE OF THINGS, SPRUNG and HELLO NEIGHBOR. Other projects include THE ALPHABET PROJECT which began in 2005 with now-Oakland-based performer and writer Julie Caffey. Using the letters of the alphabet as a jumping-off point, she and Caffey have amassed literally hundreds of alphabets which are collaged together and performed either in tandem or in monologue form. She has written text for dancers such as Chicago Moving Company's founder Nana Shineflug and has adapted stories and created original works to be performed by children with THE CORCORAN SCHOOL OF THEATRE ARTS. She has ghost-blogged for several organizations and individuals as well as assisted both seasoned writers and non-writers with personal esays, letters, books, poems, performances, screenplays, blogs, plays, editorial work and speeches. She employs a specific and well-honed methodology with which she proves that writer's block simply does not exist and that anyone who can talk can sharpen their writing skills in a pleasurable and measurable way. She taught seminars in "Story and Image" at Columbia College for several years and has led numerous workshops and/or assisted with original theatrical productions at organizations such as the new Arranmore Center for the Arts in Naperville and at public schools in both the city and suburbs. She was nominated for a prestigious 3Arts Award in 2008 and is currently working on a short story collection entitled FASCINATING MISTAKES. The best way to reach Barrie is by emailing her at Barriehere@gmail.com or by phone at (773) 671-0017. She is always open to new ideas and projects and is quite adept at lay dream interpretation to boot.