LW Conolly Theatre Archives

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  • More than 150 different collections
  • Largest collection devoted to professional Canadian theater and Shaw related materials in Canada
  • The Dan Laurence Collection of Shaviana, the Shaw Festival Archives, and the Hamon Collection provide a rich Canadian and international perspective on Shaw
  • Records of modern Ontario theatre companies, theatre administrators, playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and cutters active in Ontario theatre life
  • Individuals such as George Walker, Tomson Highway, Christopher Newton, Sky Gilbert, Cameron Porteous, and Judith Thompson, as well as other prominent playwrights, actors, directors, and designers
  • Preserved records of a number of theatres that, sadly, have closed in recent years, among them, for example, Open Circle, Phoenix, NDWT, Theatre Plus, Black Theatre Canada, and Toronto Workshop Productions
  • Theatres from outside the Toronto area are well represented by companies such as Theatre Terra Nova and Theatre Aquarius from Hamilton, the Blyth Festival, the Lighthouse Festival from Port Dover, and Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company
  • Francophone theatrical culture is represented by the archives of Le Theatre Français de Toronto
  • Children's theatre (Young People's Theatre, the Carousel Players, Theatre on the Move), native theatre (Native Earth Performing Arts), gay and lesbian theatre (Sky Gilbert Collection), multicultural and community theatre (Black Theatre Canada, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Eramosa Community Players), and various forms of theatre outside the mainstream (Toby Gordon Ryan Collection, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Theatre Columbus, Outaouais Popular Theatre, and Necessary Angel) 
  • Major national professional organizations, including the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, the Associated Designers of Canada, and the Playwrights' Union of Canada
  • The Association for Canadian Theatre Research and the records of the 1991 International Women Playwrights Conference
  • The majority of collections relate to twentieth-century theatre, but there are one or two interesting exceptions, including the Garrick Family Papers
  • Other exceptions include small collections on a nineteenth-century Toronto Opera House, British actor Edmund Kean, late nineteenth-century U.S. and Canadian music halls and theatres, and London's Independent Theatre

The contents of theatre collections can be identified using keyword combinations and phrase searches in the Library's catalogue, Primo.