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Anthony, Sister Geraldine

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Theatre scholar, teacher and author, Sister Geraldine Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920, and died in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 9, 2005. She entered the Sisters of Charity in Halifax in 1939 and made her Religious Profession in 1942. She taught school for twenty years in Massachusetts, New York and at Mount Saint Vincent Academy, Halifax. After receiving her Ph.D. in English from St. John's University, New York, and her Certificate in English from Oxford University, she taught English at Mount Saint Vincent University from 1965 until her retirement in 1986. During this period, she wrote six books on Canadian drama, including critical studies of playwrights John Coulter and Gwen Pharis Ringwood. She was editor of Stage Voices (1978), a collection of interviews in which twelve Canadian dramatists comment on their own work.

After retiring, she worked for the Congregation as a historian and biographer: she wrote a biography of Sister Irene Farmer, and A Vision of Service on the subject of her Order. In 1993 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. She was also an Honorary Member of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, and the President of its predecessor, the Association for Canadian Theatre History in 1986 and 1987.

Last updated 2009-03-10