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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Denis Johnston

Dr. Denis Johnston, formerly with the Shaw Festival,  is now a freelance editor and theatre historian based in Victoria BC. He has written an award-winning book, Up the Mainstream: The Rise of Toronto’s Alternative Theatres (1991), and edited autobiographies of Canadian actor-directors Tony van Bridge, Leslie Yeo, and Neil Munro.

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Denis Johnston

Winnipeg's Sacred Monster

How a Hungarian war orphan became one of North America’s most brilliant — and mercurial — theatre directors May 2012
While the story of Canadian theatre is well served by a wide array of biographies and autobiographies, there has been one daunting topic hitherto left untouched: John Hirsch (1930–89). Born into an affluent family in Hungary, Hirsch came to Canada as a teenage war refugee; a decade later he famously co-founded Canada’s first civic professional theatre company—the Manitoba Theatre Centre—and went on to become one of North America’s foremost stage…