The world of theatre has lost a truly magnificent performer and director. Martha Henry came to Stratford in 1962, advised that she would learn more there than at the National Theatre School (from which she graduated early). The parents of Classic Theatre Festival associate producer Matthew Behrens, Deborah Cass and Bunny Behrens, immediately took her under their wing. Henry recalled the advice she got from them in a recent interview:
"She recalls the best advice she received as young Miranda at the Stratford Festival back in 1962 from actor Bernard Behrens.
“The Festival Theatre is one of the most beautiful and daunting theatres in the world. Even though you are there with 260 people it allows you to feel as if you are in a living room with them and that’s intimidating especially for your first performance.
“Bernard said his wife (Deborah Cass) peed herself she was so frightened the first time she performed there. He took me to a place I could see the whole audience and told me I needed to see them this way and not at my first entrance. He said my dress was too beautiful to be soiled. It’s advice I gladly pass on.”
She was referred to as the "first lady of the Canadian stage," and certainly proved a trailblazer both on and behind the stage. Rest in Power, Martha. ... See MoreSee Less
She was utterly Magnificent! I saw her in Trojan Woman. I don't think she ever did a show she didn't steal. Elegant, fierce, passionate. She was all superlatives rolled into one. Rest in peace. "Now my charms are all o'erthrown, And what strength I have's mine own, Which is most faint: now, t'is true, ...release me from my bands With the help of your good hands." (Prospero) Bravo to a job well done. And so, good night.
Amazing opportunity to learn from one of this nation's top Stage Managers, Jennifer Stobart. Stage Managers are integral to the live plays they work upon. There is no detail in a production which they do not need to comprehend. Yet most people do not know what a stage manager’s job actually entails. After all, if SMs do their jobs correctly, an audience will never know they are there. This course attempts to pull back the curtain and let you see behind the scenes to begin to understand the scope of the position of a theatrical stage manager. Apply today at ... See MoreSee Less