Canadian Stage Company

The Canadian Stage Company (popularly known as CanStage) was formed in 1988 after the merger of Toronto Free Theatre and CentreStage. The merger resulted in the birth of one of Canada's largest arts organizations. The artistic directors of both companies (Guy Sprung and Bill Glassco, respectively) remained on as co-leaders to guide the new entity's vision of supporting "the development of large-scale works for big audiences while also developing smaller, more risky works by our more experimental creators." By 1990, it became apparent that having co-leaders was not working out, so Bob Baker took over as the sole Artistic Director until 1998, and Martin Bragg took over the role as General Manager. Bragg replaced Baker as Artistic Director and Celia Smith took on the role of General Manager until 2009. Matthew Jocelyn took the helm as Artistic and General Director until 2018, when Brendan Healy was appointed Artistic Director.
CanStage focusses on the creation of new Canadian work and Canadian interpretation of the plays from the international repertoire. The company operates four theatres: the Bluma Appel in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, two smaller theatres at 26 Berkeley Street, and an open-air summer stage in High Park.
Materials in the fonds include performance files, programs, posters, photographs, publicity materials, and administrative records.

Approx. 60 m of textual and other materials.

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Unpublished Material and Manuscripts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

This collection is available for viewing on-site in Archival & Special Collections during our regular business hours.

Call numbers XZ1 MS A850 (performance files), XZ1 MS A851 (house programs), XZ1 MS A852 (press releases), XZ1 MS A853 (reviews and articles), XZ1 MS A854 (production photos), XZ1 MS A855 (company portraits), XZ1 MS A856 (administrative records), XZ1 MS A857 (performance video), XZ3 MS A851 (poster), XZ3 MS A860 (technical drawings).


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