Sharry Flett returns to The Shaw for her twenty-sixth season, appearing as Miss Triggs in The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists and as Margaret Lord in The Philadephia Story. Last season, Sharry appeared as Lady Plymdale in Lady Windermere’s Fan and Constanza in Enchanted April.
Sharry, who has been with The Shaw since 1988, has appeared in over 50 productions including A Man and Some Women, Come Back, Little Sheba, My Fair Lady, Maria Severa, Age of Arousal, The Women, Sunday in the Park with George, Star Chamber, The Little Foxes, A Month in the Country, Summer and Smoke, High Society, The Magic Fire, The Autumn Garden, Major Barbara (1998 & 2005), Man and Superman (2004), Floyd Collins, Blood Relations, His Majesty, The Return of the Prodigal (2001, 2002), Six Characters in Search of an Author (2000, 2001), A Woman of No Importance, Getting Married (1989, 1999, 2008), Rebecca, Joy, Hobson’s Choice, The Seagull, The Secret Life, Ladies in Retirement, Cavalcade (1995), Busman’s Honeymoon, Eden End, The Silver King, Lulu, Hedda Gabler, Misalliance (1990, 2003), Night Must Fall, Berkeley Square and Dangerous Corner.
Sharry earned two music degrees from McGill University before studying theatre at the Webber-Douglas Academy in London, England. She began her career in musical theatre at Charlottetown, and soon branched out into non-musical roles. In 1981 she played Kate to Len Cariou’s Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the Stratford Festival. She appeared at Stratford for three seasons in She Stoops to Conquer, The Misanthrope, The Tempest and Translations. She also appeared in Company at Centre Stage, as Nora in A Doll’s House at Theatre London, and Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, An Inspector Calls, Wuthering Heights, and Pitmen Painters at Theatre Aquarius, among others. She also served as Assistant Director on the Canadian Stage Company production of Passion.
Sharry’s television work has been recognized with a Best Actress Gemini nomination for War Brides (CBC) and a Best Supporting Actress Gemini nomination for The Suicide Murders (CBC). Her impressive array of television and film credits includes the starring role in 35 episodes of Full House with Sharry Flett (TVO), as well as appearances on CBC Sunday Arts, Shades of Black (CTV), Eleventh Hour (CTV), Forever Knight (CTV), Street Legal (CTV), Secret Service (CTV), Top Cops (CTV) and Jane of Lantern Hill (Sullivan Productions).
She currently teaches between seasons at George Brown Theatre School and partners with fellow Ensemble member Guy Bannerman to teach a specialized course on the manners and social history of Shaw’s lifetime, which has been taken to several theatre schools and universities, such as the University of Toronto, Queens University and the National Theatre School. She served as etiquette coach to Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange on the HBO film Grey Gardens.
Married to Shaw Festival actor Anthony Bekenn, they are the parents of a beautiful daughter named Michaela, who made her Shaw Festival debut as Baby June in Gypsy and also appeared as Fredrika Armfeldt in A Little Night Music.