Fonds XZ1 MS A990-A993 - Richard Rose fonds

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Richard Rose fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS A990-A993

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  • 1970-2000 (Creation)

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8.0 m textual records ca. 110 graphic materials (lighting designs, posters, costume sketches, set plans) 14 film reels 42 photographs 5 diskettes ca. 24 audio cassettes ca. 15 video cassettes

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Richard Rose was born in 1951 in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He earned a theatre degree from York University and in 1978 founded the Necessary Angel Theatre Company in Toronto, which he directed from 1978 to 2002. The company has mounted more than fifty productions, including twenty-three world premieres and eight North American premieres. Rose has received nominations and awards for plays such as Simpl, Remnants, Bea’s Niece, No Great Mischief and Fire. Rose has directed with numerous other companies across Canada and in London, UK. He was Associate Director at the Stratford Festival in 1991, Director of the Young Company from 1994 to 1996 and Artistic Director of the John Sullivan Hayes Training Program from 1994 to 1996. He has also worked in film and opera, and has taught at York University, the University of Toronto, Equity Showcase Theatre and the National Theatre School. Rose became Artistic Director of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre in June 2002. He holds an honourary doctorate from Thorneloe University in Sudbury.

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The fonds contains Richard Rose’s personal, academic and professional papers, in the form of correspondence, poetry, diaries, undergraduate notes and projects, reviews and articles, scripts, teaching materials, administration records, production files, conference files, and photographs. Graphic materials include posters, lighting designs, set designs and costume sketches. Fonds also includes film reels, videocassettes and audiocassettes pertaining to various productions. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Biography, correspondence, diaries, miscellaneous XZ1 MS A990; Undergraduate and graduate studies, technical and teaching projects, film XZ1 MS A991; Produced scripts (including opera, musical productions and dance) also workshops XZ1 MS A992; Miscellaneous unproduced scripts XZ1 MS A993; Oversize posters, designs, etc. XZ3 MS A990-A992

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Fonds was donated by Richard Rose in April 1996, with further deposits in November 2002 and September 2005.


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Copyright, normally, is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder.

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No finding aid is available. The library's online catalogue contains separate entries under the author entry "Richard Rose Collection”. Users may limit searches by applying keywords. More information on searching is located at:

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Blyth Festival Theatre Archives Equity Showcase Theatre Necessary Angel Theatre Collection Shaw Festival Collection Stratford Festival Collection Theatre Passe Muraille Archives Theatre Plus Archives Toronto Free Theatre Archives

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