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Springford, Norma

Theatre practitioner and teacher born in St. John, New Brunswick, died in 1991, after having worked in the theatre for over five decades.

In her career Norma Springford acted, directed, produced, adjudicated, taught and had a huge influence on theatre artists in Montreal and elsewhere.

She managed the Montreal Repertory Theatre/MRT and the Quebec Drama Festival before helming the theatre program at Concordia University.

After working in amateur theatre in New Brunswick, she came to Montreal in 1942 where she and her husband soon joined up with the MRT. From there she worked with the Shakespeare Open-Air Playhouse with the likes of Theodore Komisarjevsky, William Shatner and Christopher Plummer. She then ran the Mountain Playhouse for eleven seasons until it closed in 1961. She became one of the first Canadian judges for the Dominion Drama Festival before helping form a drama program at then Sir George Williams (Concordia).

Norma Springford was also one of the co-founders of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal.

Profile by Gaetan Charlebois

Last updated 2020-04-24