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Actors in Action

Actors in action on scene during a representation of the play "Out of the Frying Pan".

Black Theater Workshop fonds

  • F034
  • Fonds
  • [1940]-2016, predominant 1972-2007

The Black Theater Workshop fonds is composed of materials created and compiled by the Black Theater Workshop (BTW) and contains materials documenting the activities and operations of the BTW from its founding in 1972 until its 2007-2008 season. Documents are also reflective of the BTW's contributions to Montreal’s Black communities and to theater in Canada. Textual records and other materials document the BTW's administration, finances, awards, plays, programming, promotional activities, communications, and facilities, among other things.

The fonds is divided into the following series :
F034/A Administration
F034/B Financial records
F034/C External relations
F034/D Productions / Programming

The fonds is composed of textual records, including without limitations financial documents, grant applications, board meeting minutes, reports, play scripts, newspapers and newspaper clippings, promotional material, and correspondence; graphic materials as photographs, posters, logos, drawings, and others, sound recordings, moving images, and a T-shirt.

Black Theater Workshop

Christopher Fry fonds

  • F014
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1970, predominant 1969-1970

Fonds consists of material accumulated and created by Derek Stanford about Christopher Fry. It also contains documents created by Christopher Fry. Materials in this fonds are primarily dated 1969-1970, though select documents are dated 1955.

Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, published essays and reviews, newspaper clippings, photographs, theater programs, and other ephemera documenting Stanford professional relationship with Fry and the British playwright’s work. Documents primarily concern Fry’s A Yard of Sun (1970) and his English translation of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (1970). The fonds also contains limited material regarding A Sleep of Prisoners (1951). Documents also concern essays about the life and work of Christopher Fry written by Derek Stanford.

The fonds is divided into 5 series:
F014 / A. Manuscripts and essays
F014 / B. Correspondence
F014 / C. Clippings
F014 / D. Photographs
F014 / E. Publicity and ephemera

Fry, Christopher

Dorothy Davis fonds

  • P098
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1993

The fonds provides information on Montreal Children's Theatre and its founders.

The fonds consists of five scrapbooks including press clippings and articles, as well as photographs, a video cassette of a media interviews with Dorothy Davis [ca. 1983, 1984] and of a report on her death in 1993, and the honourary degrees conferred by Concordia University on Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters in 1984.

Davis, Dorothy

Georgiantics 1942

"1867" or "That Ain't the Way I Heerd it. . ." From left to right: Bill Haymovitch (Common Man). Members of the House (The Singing Chorus): Lois Bishop, Norma Carrick, Irene Cohen, Mariln Cohen, Hilda Dalfen, Roslyn Gurberg (Second Member from Chicoutimi) (first line, at right, behind Murray Fainer), Yona Kremalowsky, Blanche Michlin, Hilaire South, Thelma spelling, Lucille Stern (Third Member from Chicoutimi), Marion Styles. Murray Fainer (First Member from Chicoutimi). Dick Henthorn (Prime Minister). Arthur Simmons (Sergeant-at-arms). In the orchestra pit: Herschel Darwin (violinist)

Georgiantics 1942

Concordia Salus (the entire cast singing the finale). From left to right, where discernable: Lorna Moore (soloist), Lucille Stern (in "1867" costume) and other "House Members", Waltzing: (see separate photo for names), Indian Dance: Peggy Butler, Hughie Capra, Adeline Ciment, Winnie Cook, Martha Geoff rion, Therese Hurtubise, Fritzie Miller, Rose Palevsky, Blanche Perlove, Anita Sanchez, Audrey Schmauder (at lef t), Pat Walsh (at right). Blanche Michlin (standing behind Schmauder and Sanchez), Lillian Berman( at microphone), Grenadier Girls: (see separate photo), Waltzing: (Monique Nantel, in black gown), Sailor's Swing: (see separate photo), Terminal Taps: (see separate photo), Conductor: Merv Gelfand, Violinists: Herschel Darwin (dark hair), Heactor Chandler (in profile at right)

Georgiantics 1942

"He Was Only a Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing" or "He Sure Made Montcalm Down" - Dick Howard Farley (Tax Collector), Lucille Stern (Little Red Riding Hood), Bill Hymovitch (Montcalm, prone at foreground), Al DeRosso (French Sargeant, prone at the rear of stage).

Georgiantics 1942

"1867" or "That Ain't the Way I Heerd it. . ." From left to right Bill Haymovitch (Common Man). Members of the House (The Singing Chorus): Lois Bishop, Norma Carrick, Irene Cohen, Mariln Cohen, Hilda Dalfen, Roslyn Gurberg (Second Member from Chicoutimi) (first line, at right, behind Murray Fainer), Yona Kremalowsky, Blanche Michlin, Hilaire South, Thelma spelling, Lucille Stern (Third Member from Chicoutimi), Marion Styles. Murray Fainer (First Member from Chicoutimi). Dick Henthorn (Prime Minister). Arthur Simmons (Sergeant-at-arms). In the orchestra pit: Herschel Darwin (violinist)

Lawrence Sabbath fonds

  • P138
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1992

The fonds provides information on French-language theatre and visual arts in Montreal and elsewhere from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

The fonds contains the manuscript of an unpublished history of French theatre in Quebec, manuscripts of articles and talks, theatre programs, theatre photographs, clippings, and other documents. For instance, there are files on Montreal theatre productions (e.g., Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Théâtre de Quat'sous), authors (e.g., Gratien Gélinas and Michel Tremblay), and actors (e.g., Denise Pelletier).

Sabbath, Lawrence

Mary Morter fonds

  • P239
  • Fonds
  • 1914-2001, predominantly 1969-1975

The Mary Morter fond contains documents pertaining to theater in Montreal. More specifically, the fonds is composed of materials concerning the Instant Theatre and the Pendulum Theatre, both located in Montreal and founded and run by Mary Morter in the 1960s and 1970s. The fonds provides an overview of the programming at both theatres. It also provides insight into how the theaters were perceived by the public. In addition, the fonds contains a number of documents focusing on the play North American Indian Legends by Pendulum Theatre. Documents created by other theatres located in Montreal or Toronto provide additional insight into the English-speaking theatre scene in those cities in the 20th century.

The Mary Morter fonds contains theatre programs, photographs, posters, correspondence, magazines, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, a sound recording, and various plays, among other documents.

Morter, Mary

Maura McKeon fonds

  • P212
  • Fonds
  • 1918, 1935-1963

The fonds illustrates theatre life in Montreal from 1918 to 1963, in particular the presentations at His Majesty’s Theatre, later Her Majesty’s Theatre, in Montreal, Quebec.

The fonds consists of theatre programs from the His Majesty’s Theatre, later known as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Montreal.

McKeon, Maura

Peter Madden fonds

  • F025
  • Fonds
  • 1961-2009

The Peter Madden fonds is composed of materials spanning Peter Madden’s career as a writer from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. A major part of Peter Madden’s work reflects his experience in prison.

Documents include manuscripts, drafts, scripts, notes, correspondence, journals, notebooks and press clippings related to performances of Peter Madden's plays. The fonds contains examples of both published and unpublished poems, short stories, plays, and screenplays. It permits to follow the development of a play from the idea to its final version.

The fonds is organized in the following series:

F025/ A Personal Life
F025/ B Professional Life
F025/ C Literary work

Madden, Peter

Quebec Drama Federation fonds

  • P164
  • Fonds
  • 1956-2001

The documents provide a portrait of English-language theatrical activity in Quebec, primarily in the period after the founding of QDF in 1972. The fonds contains budget, fundraising, and other financial records, legal documents, human resources documents, correspondence, records of the Quebec Drama Festival 1974-1984, documents relating to QDF-sponsored workshops, seminars, and programs, materials on the Dominion Drama Festival, theatre programs, and photographs. There is also material that was collected for a history of English-language theatre in Quebec.

Quebec Drama Federation

The Cathespian Guild fonds

  • P142
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1954

The fonds provides information on the annual Catholic Drama Festival organized by the Guild between 1940 and 1953.

The fonds contains some handouts on the Cathespian Guild and a few programs and photographs of some of the annual Catholic Drama Festivals. It also contains the Drama Festival award book entitled Award for Distinguished Achievement in Catholic Theatre.

Cathespian Guild