Sara Tilley is a Canadian writer from Newfoundland and Labrador,[1] most noted for winning the Winterset Award in 2016 for her novel Duke.[2] The novel was also named to the initial longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award,[3] but was not a finalist.

Sara Tilley
Born (1978-11-23) November 23, 1978 (age 41)
OccupationActor, writer, director

Personal lifeEdit

Sara was born November 23, 1978 in St.John's NL , and is one of two children to Robert Tilley and Brenda (Fleming) Tilley. She graduated Bishop's College before attending York University for acting. Tilley identifies as bisexual and queer.[4]


A graduate of the theatre program at York University, she is primarily a playwright and theatre director based in St. John's.[5] She was the artistic director of the feminist theatre company She Said Yes! from 2002 to 2016,[6] and has written or cowritten plays including Signifying Nothing, The Soul Walking, One Big Mess, The Jailer’s Daughter and Other Mad Fools Cracking Their Livers to Pieces for Love,[7] Nosebleed,[8] Grand Central Station, Mr. Invisible,[9] No Mummers Allowed In, Lulu,[6] The (In)complete Herstory of Women in Newfoundland (and Labrador!) and Fruithead.

Under the working title Snowflake, her debut novel won the Percy Janes First Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2004.[10] The book was published by Pedlar Press in 2008 under the title Skin Room.[11] A French translation by Annie Pronovost was published in 2016 under the title Écorchée,[12] and was defended by Antonine Maillet in the 2018 edition of Le Combat des livres.[13]

As an actress, she has worked primarily on stage, as well as appearing in the film The Grand Seduction and episodes of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching and Republic of Doyle. She has trained in Pochinko clown technique,[14] and won Newfoundland and Labrador's Rhonda Payne Theatre Award in 2007.[15]


  • Skin Room (2008)
  • Duke (2015)


  1. ^ "Sara Tilley: sous la peau". La Presse, March 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sara Tilley wins BMO Winterset Award". Quill & Quire, March 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Atwood, Hill among 14 Canadians listed for prize". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, November 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Sara Tilley Bio & CV".
  5. ^ "U of C’s writer in residence, Sara Tilley, not afraid to unmask her creativity". Calgary Herald, January 20, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Insanity ensues". The Telegram, November 25, 2005.
  7. ^ "Might as well face it ...: In her new play, The Jailer's Daughter, Sara Tilley tackles addiction to love -- just in time for Valentine's Day". The Telegram, February 13, 2003.
  8. ^ "Play is an intelligent and inventive piece Nosebleed showing at Masonic Hall until Sunday night". The Telegram, August 23, 2002.
  9. ^ "Stellar cast steers Mr. Invisible". The Telegram, May 13, 2005.
  10. ^ "St. John's author/actress wins Percy Janes First Novel Award". The Western Star, June 11, 2004.
  11. ^ "Recent & Recommended". The Globe and Mail, October 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "Le vertige du désir féminin vu par Sara Tilley". Le Devoir, January 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Le retour du Combat des livres". La Presse, May 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Sara Tilley, une clown vraiment pas comme les autres". Ici Radio-Canada, May 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Sara Tilley wins Rhonda Payne theatre award". The Telegram, February 17, 2007.

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