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Barbara Budd(As It Happened To Me)
Barbara Budd

As Co-host of CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” for over 17 years, Barbara’s voice became familiar to listeners across Canada and around the world on stations of American Public Radio, CBC and Satellite. But her voice is familiar too, for her recurring guest appearances on the highly acclaimed comedy shows “The Mercer Report” and “The Royal Canadian Air Farce .”

Awarded the John Drainie Award from ACTRA for excellence in Broadcasting, and The Donald Bryden Pinnacle Achievement Award from York University she is known not only as a broadcaster but as an actor, event-host and narrator of documentary films, animation and tv series.

Barbara is featured on four Juno Award Winning recordings on The Classical Kids  Label. (Vivaldi’s Ring Of Mystery, Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, Hallelujah Haydn, and Tchaikovsky Discovers America)  But she is as ‘at home’ on the concert stage as she is behind the microphone, performing works for narrator and orchestra with the major symphonies of Canada.  (Among them:  The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, The Montreal Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and The Vancouver Symphony )

After graduating from York University (Theatre Performance) Barbara became a company member of The Stratford Festival. Over 5 seasons under the direction of Artistic Director Robin Phillips, she appeared in 19 productions.
 (Audrey in As You Like It, Emilia in Othello, Clarisse in The Servant of Two Masters, Jenny Diver in The Beggars Opera … and substituting for Maggie Smith as Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.) She performed in major theatre companies across Canada before she settled down to a life behind the microphone, encouraged as she was by Peter Gzowski, the long-time host of the very popular Morningside on CBC.

It was a natural transition,  her move to radio where soon as Co-Host of As It Happens  she was able to share  the personal, inspiring, dramatic, and sometimes mad-cap  stories of world leaders, scientists, artists, and just plain folks from around the world  with the rest of the world.

Happily for her, she has been able to share her greatest love - story telling - in just about all its forms.  On disc, on-air, on stage, in cartoon form, in print, in documentaries, and with full orchestral accompaniment too.
But happily too, she has spared the world her re-counting of stories through interpretive dance.  

Brian Corman (Table Talk, The Beaux' Stratagem)
Brian Corman Forum
Brian Corman is Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is completing a term as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. He has a long-standing interest in the London theatre between 1660 and 1800. He has published on most of the major playwrights of the period; his books include Genre and Generic Change in English Comedy, 1660-1710 and a recently issued textbook, The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy. He is currently working on a study of the theatre in the age of Queen Anne (1702-1714), a study that will argue that the most important playwright of this period is George Farquhar.
Jane Freeman (Pre-Season Insights [Toronto]; Table Talk, King Lear)
Jane Freeman Forum
Dr. Jane Freeman attended theatre school at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has completed a BA and a BEd in English and drama at Queen’s University, a master’s degree in English and European Renaissance drama at the University of Warwick and a PhD in Shakespeare’s rhetoric at the University of Toronto. Her areas of specialty are Shakespeare in performance, Shakespeare’s rhetoric, oral/written communication and classical rhetoric. She has worked on numerous theatrical productions in a range of capacities including actress, stage manager, adjudicator and director, and was the production coordinator for Robert Lepage’s production of Macbeth at Hart House Theatre. She taught Shakespeare at Acadia University in Nova Scotia for two years before returning to Ontario to join the faculty at the University of Toronto. She is the founding Director of the School of Graduate Studies’ Office of English Language and Writing Support, a Senior Fellow of Massey College and a member of the Massey Corporation. A frequent guest lecturer for the Stratford Festival and host of the annual Shakespeare Lecture Series at the Toronto Reference Library, Dr. Freeman is a member of the Festival’s Senate, the Chair of its University Task Force and past Chair of its Education and Archives Committee.

Bob Hetherington (Table Talk, Hay Fever)
Bob Hetherington Forum
Bob Hetherington is Professor of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis, where he heads the MFA Directing Program. His work at the Stratford Festival has been recognized with two Tyrone Guthrie Awards for work assisting Brian Bedford and Michael Langham, and he is a frequent essayist at both Stratford (Blithe Spirit, The Misanthrope, The Pirates of Penzance, Present Laughter) and the Shaw Festival (Guys and Dolls, His Girl Friday, Wonderful Town, Harvey). Bob is a freelance theatre director whose recent productions include the Lloyd Webber Phantom of the Opera, Crazy for You, Stuff Happens, Present Laughter and Cyrano de Bergerac. He is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), a national labour union, and founding resident director for The Human Race Theatre in Ohio. He has been attending the Stratford Festival since a visit as a college student caused him to forego law-school plans and pursue theatre instead. His last Table Talk at Stratford was on The Pirates of Penzance.

Lois Kivesto (Table Talk, Man of La Mancha; Music, Such As Charmeth Sleep)
Lois Kivesto Forum
Lois Kivesto has been presenting Stratford Festival talks since 2005, and also has written program notes. She is a frequent contributor to Shaw Festival publications, and a post-show moderator and audience engagement committee member with Acting Up Stage Company. A University of Toronto music graduate (viola), Lois received a PhD in theatre from New York University, with a dissertation on the theatre of James Lapine. Her essay “Comedy Tonight!” is published in Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook.

Alexander Leggatt (Pre-Season Insights [Toronto]; Table Talk, A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Alexander Leggatt Forum
Alexander Leggatt is professor emeritus of English at University College, University of Toronto, and a frequent contributor of program notes and table talks to the Stratford Festival. He took his BA at the University of Toronto in 1962 and did his graduate work in England at the Shakespeare Institute, leading to a PhD in 1965. From 1965 to his retirement in 2006 he taught English at the University of Toronto. He has written many books and articles on English drama, particularly the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. His books include Shakespeare’s Comedy of Love (1974), Shakespeare’s Political Drama (1988), English Stage Comedy 1490-1990: Five Centuries of a Genre (1998) and Shakespeare’s Tragedies: Violation and Identity (2005). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy (2002). He has given lectures and conference papers in several countries around the world. He has held the Guggenheim and Killam fellowships; in 1995 he was given an Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and in 1998 the Faculty Award in the University of Toronto Faculty Association Awards of Excellence. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ted McGee (Table Talk, King John)
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Ted McGee is an adjunct professor in the English Department of the University of Waterloo. He regularly taught courses on literature and rebellion, literary criticism, Shakespeare’s plays and editing literary texts. The last of these courses developed from his ongoing research as an editor of Records of Early English Drama volumes, a contributor to the Oxford University Press Complete Works of Thomas Middleton and a member of the team working on the edition of the New Variorum Shakespeare: Othello. He was honoured with a Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Waterloo in 2011. A member of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival from 1992 to 1999, he has continued to serve on its Education and Archives Committee. Besides published articles on Stratford productions that set Shakespeare’s stories in Canada and on the portrayal of love at first sight on Stratford’s stages, he is currently doing research in the Festival Archives on the significance of Juliet’s costumes and on the controversies occasioned by Stratford productions of The Merchant of Venice.

Alan Somerset (Table Talk, Antony and Cleopatra)
Alan Somerset Forum
Alan Somerset is professor emeritus of English at Western University, where he specialized in Shakespeare and the theatre of his time. He created, and continues to maintain annually, the Jaques database, a catalogue-index to the productions and artists of the annual Stratford Festival seasons. This is available for consultation at the Archives and elsewhere through the Festival. He published this database, to 1990, as The Stratford Festival Story: A Catalogue-Index to the Stratford, Ontario Festival 1953-1990 (Greenwood Press, 1991). A sister project, Feste, undertaken by him at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre archives, continues to flourish and is available online. At the Stratford Festival, Dr. Somerset has served two terms on the Festival’s Board of Governors (1998 to 2004) and continues to serve as a member of its Archives and Education Committee. He has delivered numerous lectures to various audiences at Stratford, has written many house program notes and served as the Festival’s Visiting Scholar in 2006. He is the editor of Shropshire for Records of Early English Drama (University of Toronto Press, 1994, two volumes), as well as numerous articles, papers and reviews on early theatres, theatre history and Shakespeare. He is currently completing his edition of Staffordshire and Warwickshire for REED. From 1978 to 2009 he served as a member of the REED Executive Board, and he continues his involvement in its governance. Dr. Somerset continues to be engaged in creating, with Dr. Sally-Beth MacLean, the Patrons, Performances and Playing Places website (; this site has been available to the public for eight years.

Ann Wilson (Pre-Season Insights [Guelph]; Table Talk, Alice Through the Looking-Glass)
Ann Wilson Forum
Ann Wilson is the Associate Dean, Academic in the College of Arts and a member of faculty in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Her academic work focuses on representations of gender and sexuality, with a particular focus on Canadian theatre and works produced in Edwardian England. Additionally, she has directed a number of productions in the Theatre Studies program at the University of Guelph, including Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

2014 Playbill List King LearCrazy for YouA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Beaux' StratagemMan of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking-GlassHay FeverKing JohnMother Courage and Her ChildrenAntony and CleopatraChristina, The Girl KingA Midsummer Night's Dream - a chamber play2014 Season

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