CentreStage's origins date back to 1970 with the opening of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts; however it was not until 1983 that the company became known as CentreStage.

In 1968, Theatre Toronto formed out of the merger of Crest Theatre and the Canadian Players and two years later, in 1970, amalgamated with the Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF) which had been founded to oversee the construction of and fund-raising for the new building. James Mavor Moore (Dora Mavor Moore's son) became the TAF's first artistic and general director in charge of the construction and John Lockwood from Crest Theatre became the founding chair. In 1973 when the City of Toronto separated management of the building from its programming, the TAF renamed itself Toronto Arts Productions (TAP) and focused solely on programming.

After many years in the building, TAP recognized that major renovations and upgrades were needed. The thrust stage was removed and an orchestra pit and additional seating were installed. When the facility re-opened in 1983, TAP formally changed its name to CentreStage and hired Bill Glassco (founder of Tarragon Theatre) as the new artistic director.

CentreStage merged with Toronto Free Theatre in 1988 to form the Canadian Stage Company.

The fonds contains production, publicity, and administrative files of CentreStage, CentreStage Music, and the Theatre Hour Company.


Approx. 105 m of textual and other materials.

Type(s) Of Materials: 
Published Material
Technical Drawings
Unpublished Material and Manuscripts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 for Early TAF/TAP/CentreStage: XZ1 MS A490 (TAF/TAP fundraising), XZ1 MS A491 (TAF/TAP correspondence), XZ1 MS A492 (TAF/TAP administration), XZ1 MS A493 (TAF/TAP Executive Committee), XZ1 MS A494 (TAF/TAP Board of Directors), XZ1 MS A495 (TAF/TAP architectural specs), XZ1 MS A496 (TAF/TAP/CentreStage Board of Driectors and administration), XZ1 MS A497 (TAF/TAP/CentreStage financial statements), XZ4 MS A450 (early TAF/TAP administrative records),

Call numbers for CentreStageXZ1 MS A450 (performance files), XZ1 MS A451 (house programs), XZ1 MS A452 (grant applications and correspondence, XZ1 MS A453 (scrapbooks), XZ1 MS A454 (reviews and articles), XZ1 MS A455 (press kits), XZ1 MS A456 (publicity), XZ1 MS A457 (produced reading scripts), XZ1 MS A458 (videotapes), XZ1 MS A459 (student kits), XZ1 MS A477 (administrative files), XZ1 MS A498 (production photos), XZ3 MS A450 (set models), XZ3 MS A452 (technical drawings), XZ3 MS A453 (posters), XZ3 MS A456 (posters), XZ3 MS A458 (costume designs), XZ3 MS A498 (production photos).

Call numbers for CentreStage Music: XZ1 MS A460 (music programs), XZ1 MS A461 (correspondence regarding music programs), XZ1 MS A462 (correspondence, photos, programs re: music programs), XZ1 MS A463 (company portraits), XZ1 MS A465 (46 boxes of materials about music programs), XZ4 MS A456 (CentreStage Music)

Call numbers for CentreStage ForumXZ1 MS A470 (tapes from CentreStage Forum series, 1970s and '80s), XZ1 MS A471 (flyers for CentreStage Forum), XZ1 MS A472 (CentreStage Forum program files), XZ1 MS A475 (27 boxes of materials about CentrreStage Forum), XZ4 MS A470 (CentreStage Forum).