Alumnae Theatre will be throwing open its historic doors once again (the building, originally a fire hall, dates from 1904) for this year’s edition of Doors Open Toronto. One of the themes this year is the celebration of “City Builders” – people who shaped Toronto’s architecture and history.
Alumnae Theatre will celebrate the contributions of Pamela Terry (1926-2006) to this theatre in particular and also to Toronto’s cultural scene. In 1958, Terry directed the first Canadian production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. For our 1959/60 season, she directed the very first play written by esteemed Canadian poet James Reaney – The Killdeer. Through the ’70s and ’80s she directed Canadian premieres of plays by Peter Handke and Vaclav Havel. In recent years Terry promoted Alumnae Theatre’s participation in cultural festivals such as Doors Open Toronto, and took charge of the company’s participation in Toronto’s first Nuit Blanche in 2006. We will be producing The Killdeer in April 2013 as part of our “Countdown to 100” retrospective, in which one play from our past decades (Alumnae Theatre Company was founded in 1919) will be re-mounted each season until the 100th anniversary in 2019.
Archival material from Pamela Terry’s theatre career will be on display in our lower lobby area.
In addition, Doors Open visitors are welcome to tour areas of the theatre – volunteer guides are available to answer questions about the exhibits and architecture. Check out the Doors Open website at
http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen2012 More than 135 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings will open their doors for the weekend and highlight the people who built our city. All for FREE! Alumnae's hours are 10 am - 5pm on Saturday, and 1 - 5pm on Sunday.