Playwrights Guild of Canada and Theatre Museum Canada announce the Playwrights Legends Library Project

Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC), in partnership with Theatre Museum Canada, is proud to announce the launch of the Playwrights Legends Library Project: a video record of Canadian theatrical legends and their legacies. This is a series of curated oral histories – generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council – to enlighten the public about the people and events behind the creative process of playwriting in Canada. These comprehensive interviews with playwrights capture the stories of theatre on video and preserve our theatrical heritage for generations to come.

The project, originally inspired by PGC’s 40th anniversary is part of a larger set of oral histories conducted with theatre luminaries by Theatre Museum Canada: http://www.theatremuseumcanada.ca/legendlibrary.html. Adding to the stories of other theatre practitioners, this uniquely animated initiative highlights the creative excellence of playwrights and the key part that they play in the larger cultural fabric.

Playwrights that have been interviewed include Tom Hendry, Yvette Nolan, Maja Ardal, Rex Deverell, Robert Chafe andLinda Griffiths, representing diverse generational and cultural backgrounds of playwriting in Canada. A glimpse into their careers follows this press release.

Interviews were conducted by Andrew Moodie and Catherine Banks.

The interviews will be exhibited at the Hart House on June 1st and 2nd, 2013, during PGC’s conference and Annual General Meeting. They will be uploaded onto Theatre Museum Canada’s Legends Library and made available through Playwrights Guild of Canada’s website.