Thursday, June 4, 2009
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Why did you get into the theatre business
The speaker's response to the oft-asked question "Why did you get into the theatre business?" Getting the theatre bug. Co-productions with Canstage. Founding "Dancap Productions." Technology and society - social contact. The importance of the live theatre. Some history and background to theatre in Toronto. Competition in Toronto. The effect of SARS. The Toronto Centre for the Arts. The speaker's vision for a better, more exciting future. The joy of sharing live theatre together. The speaker's loss of the Canon and Panasonic theatres. Other business ventures. The speaker's love of "show business." Impact on the economy, lives, and spiritual growth of live theatre.