Monday, July 18, 2011

Amelia Hall

Actress, stage director

Born in England, came to Ontario in 1921.

Attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, then became a teacher in Ottawa.

In 1948, left her teaching position to become a full-time actress and in 1949 was a joint founder of the Junior Theatre in Ottawa.

Served as President of the Stage Society, Ottawa, and joined the Canadian Repertory Theatre (CRT) Ottawa in 1949, and later co-managed the company with actor Sam Payne. She remained with the CRT for 5 seasons, 1949-1954, during which time over 150 productions were mounted at the La Salle Academy. She appeared in or directed the majority of its productions.

Became the first woman to ever perform at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (she was Lady Anne in Richard III) in 1953.

Her last Stratford performance was in 1984; she died in Toronto in 1984.

Was awarded a centennial medal in 1967 for her work in Canadian theatre and the Order of Canada in 1982.

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