Fonds XR1 MS A662 - Eric Steiner fonds

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Eric Steiner fonds

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CA ON00344 XR1 MS A662

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  • 1943-1993 (Creation)

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20 cm textual records and other material

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Stage director Eric Steiner (1946-1993) was born and raised in Toronto. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College in Boston in 1971 and immediately pursued a career in theatre with a position under producer Michael White in London. He returned to Toronto in 1972 and was resident director at Factory Theatre Lab until 1976. He then worked freelance in numerous theatres; by 1981 he had directed over thirty productions in eighteen different theatres in three countries, including the Stratford Festival, PAF Playhouse in Huntington, New York, and Bush Theatre in London, England. Steiner was one of the earliest directors to mount the plays of George F. Walker, David French, Michel Tremblay and Carol Bolt. Some of his notable productions were Maybe We Could Get Some Bach (Factory Theatre 1972), The Rocky Horror Show (Ryerson Theatre, Toronto, 1976), and Macbeth, co-directed with Robin Phillips (Stratford Festival 1978). He directed premieres of Larry Fineberg’s Stonehenge Trilogy (1972), Wade’s Blitzkreig (1974), and the Toronto premiere of John Murrell’s Waiting for the Parade (1979). In 1973, he mounted a revival of Herschel Hardin’s Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk (Factory Theatre). From 1981 to 1983, Steiner was Artistic Director at Northlight Theatre Company in Chicago. He then returned to Canada and collaborated with Ken Glass in a new company, Canadian Repertory, from 1983 to 1987. Steiner was the associate director of a film, One Night Stand, which won four Canadian film awards including Best Picture of the Year in 1978. He fostered the talent of novice playwrights through dramaturgy, teaching at the National Theatre School, Ryerson University and the Maggie Bassett Studio. He served on the council of Actors’ Equity, the boards of Factory Theatre and Toronto Free Theatre, and the Toronto Arts Council’s Theatre Committee. After ten years battling AIDS, Steiner died on June 30, 1993.

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Fonds consists of house programs, reviews and articles, theatre magazines, and a small number of photographs, costume designs and posters relating to the theatre career of director Eric Steiner.

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Deposited by Steven Jack in 1996.


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Copyright, normally, is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder. Single copies can be made for research and study purposes.

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Canadian Stage Theatre Archives CentreStage Theatre Archives Factory Theatre Lab Archives Grand Theatre Collection Young People’s Theatre Archives Marion Andre Collection Stratford Festival Collection Tarragon Theatre Archives Theatre Plus Archives Theatre Terra Nova Archives Toronto Free Theatre Archives

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No further accruals are expected.

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