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Andy McKim

Dates: 
1960-2019
Andy McKim is an award-winning Canadian director, dramaturge, and teacher from Quebec. He studied  at Mount Allison University then went on to work at Neptune Theatre in Halifax from 1976 to 1981 in various roles, including house and company management, tour co-ordinator, audience development, and directing. He received a Gulbenkian Foundation Commonwealth Priority Grant that allowed him to spend two years in England and Scotland as an apprentice director working with more than 40 different directors including Sir Peter Hall. On his return to Canada, he assumed the role of apprentice dramaturge at Tarragon Theatre. He remained with that theatre until 2007, helping guide the company to its status as a leader in new play development. Working closely with Artistic Director Bill Glassco, he served as its Associate Artistic Director from 1986 until he left and also oversaw Tarragon's Playwrights Unit and programmed the Spring Arts Fair. In 2007, he moved on to become Theatre Passe Muraille's (TPM) Artistic Director, a position he held for the next 12 years. He continued his support for new play development at TPM and took it up a notch when he instituted the Five-Minute Pitch program, which provided anyone the opportunity to pitch new play ideas.
 
In addition to his work with Tarragon and TPM he has been a leader in the Canadian theatre community as a member of board member of the Toronto Theatre Alliance (now called the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, TAPA) from 1993 to 1997 and then its President from 1997 to 1999, board member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and then its President from 2002 to 2005. 
 
McKim has directed more than 50 different productions in Canada, predominantly world premieres. The one in particular that most stands out is Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra's 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS which has toured worldwide for more than 20 years. He has directed over 30 intensive, new-play workshops and worked as a dramaturg with over 120 different writers.
 
Among his many awards are two Fringe First Awards from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the George Luscombe Mentorship Award (2007) for his contributions to the development of new Canadian plays, the Bra d'Or Award (2010) by the women's caucus of the Playwright's Guild of Canada for his support of women playwrights, and TAPA's Silver Ticket Award (2016) for a lifetime of achievement not just in one's career but in nurturing the development of Canadian theatre.from Quebec. He studied  at Mount Allison University then went on to work at Neptune Theatre in Halifax from 1976 to 1981 in various roles, including house and company management, tour co-ordinator, audience development, and directing. He received a Gulbenkian Foundation Commonwealth Priority Grant that allowed him to spend two years in England and Scotland as an apprentice director working with more than 40 different directors including Sir Peter Hall. On his return to Canada, he assumed the role of apprentice dramaturge at Tarragon Theatre. He remained with that theatre until 2007, helping guide the company to its status as a leader in new play development. Working closely with Artistic Director Bill Glassco, he served as its Associate Artistic Director from 1986 until he left and also oversaw Tarragon's Playwrights Unit and programmed the Spring Arts Fair. In 2007, he moved on to become Theatre Passe Muraille's (TPM) Artistic Director, a position he held for the next 12 years. He continued his support for new play development at TPM and took it up a notch when he instituted the Five-Minute Pitch program, which provided anyone the opportunity to pitch new play ideas.
 
In addition to his work with Tarragon and TPM he has been a leader in the Canadian theatre community as a member of board member of the Toronto Theatre Alliance (now called the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, TAPA) from 1993 to 1997 and then its President from 1997 to 1999, board member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and then its President from 2002 to 2005. 
 
McKim has directed more than 50 different productions in Canada, predominantly world premieres. The one in particular that most stands out is Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra's 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS which has toured worldwide for more than 20 years. He has directed over 30 intensive, new-play workshops and worked as a dramaturg with over 120 different writers.
 
Among his many awards are two Fringe First Awards from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the George Luscombe Mentorship Award (2007) for his contributions to the development of new Canadian plays, the Bra d'Or Award (2010) by the women's caucus of the Playwright's Guild of Canada for his support of women playwrights, and TAPA's Silver Ticket Award (2016) for a lifetime of achievement not just in one's career but in nurturing the development of Canadian theatre.
Extent: 

Approx. 13 metres of textual and other materials

Type(s) Of Materials: 
Photographs
Posters
Published Material
Unpublished Material and Manuscripts
How To Access: 

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Call numbers XZ1 MS B036. Contact our reference staff for a detailed inventory.