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Tom Hendry in Barbados

TOM HENDRY: Kickstarter of Canadian Theatre

In category: Exhibitions

October 2014
to July 2016

Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History

Tom was a playwright, producer, administrator, director, literary manager, policy creator, founder – and it turns out, a collector of posters. (Most of the posters in this exhibit were kept in a box under his bed).

A Day In The Life Of A Playwright

In category: Events

Theatre Museum Goes Backstage
Free Public Learning Event

Monday March 31, 2014
Hosted by Ryerson Theatre School

Join us to hear these wonderful playwrights discuss a day in the life of a writer.

Panelists included:
Morwyn Brebner
Lisa Codrington
Sheldon Rosen

This event was made possible by donations to Theatre Museum Canada made in memory of its Founding Chair, Herbert Whittaker.

Black and white man on chair woman in his lap

Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s

In category: Exhibitions

September 2011
to September 2014

Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History

Theatre Museum Canada presented an exhibit by Dance Collection Danse

The 1970s saw an unprecedented dance boom in Canada. Canadian dancers travelled the world as unofficial cultural ambassadors.

Man looking at exhibition panel

David French: Writing Home

In category: Exhibitions

Produced by the National Arts Centre in association with Theatre Museum Canada

An online companion exhibit is also featured on the NAC’s educational website

September to November 2011
National Arts Centre, Ottawa

September to October 2012
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

October to November 2013
Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque

This special retrospective exhibit about one of Canada’s most influential playwrights, David French (1939 – 2010), produced by the National Arts Centre in association with Theatre Museum Canada, celebrated David French’s life, his career, and why his work was so important to the development of English Canadian theatre.

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.

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