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Sketch of Herbert Whittaker

Herbert Whittaker: Catalyst for Change in Canadian Theatre

In category: Exhibitions

September 2010
to September 2011


Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History

Curated by Kate Barris

The founding chair of Theatre Museum Canada, Herbert William Whittaker (1910 – 2006) helped shape and promote Canadian theatre as a critic, mentor, set and costume designer, director, author, collector, visionary, advocate and friend.

Revival: Remembering Theatre in Canada

In category: Exhibitions

March 2009- January 2010

Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History

Curated by University of Toronto Museum Studies Masters student Alison Little, Revival used artifacts from our permanent collection to highlight performances, productions and personal memories.

image from exhibition of Risking the Void

RISKING THE VOID: The Scenography of Cameron Porteous

In category: Exhibitions

July 2009 to April 2010

Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Design Exchange (Toronto)
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph)

A touring retrospective exhibit of stage designer Cameron Porteous’ remarkable contribution to theatre in Canada. Curated & designed by Sean Breaugh and Pat Flood.

Poster for Billy The Kid exhibition

Celebrating 30 years of Theatre at Berkeley Street

In category: Exhibitions

November 2002 to January 2003

Berkeley Street Theatre

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Berkeley Street Theatre, Theatre Museum Canada and Canadian Stage mounted a special exhibition in the lobby of the theatre with programs, posters and reviews going back to the days of Toronto Free Theatre.

Poster for exhibition Our Heritage

The Theatre Museum: Our Heritage

In category: Exhibitions

November 2001 to February 2004:
The Palladian Lounge of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

This exhibition featured over 200 artifacts, depicting the dynamic growth of theatre, opera and ballet in Toronto. As Herbert Whittaker, designer of the exhibition explained, “The exhibition traces the rise of Toronto’s theatre, from its days as a touring town to its present independent stage.”

Herbert Whittaker and sketch

A Life in the Theatre: The Whittaker Collection

In category: Exhibitions

September – October 2000

Toronto Reference Library

Celebrating the 90th birthday of Theatre Museum Canada’s founder Herbert Whittaker, this show featured his personal collection of photographs, set and costume designs, props and other memorabilia.

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