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The Politics of Culture

The following is a draft version of two excerpts from books-in-progress, The Politics of Culture. The first is about the beginning of events which would lead to the separation of Canadian Actor’ Equity Association (CAEA) from the U.S. union, Actors’ Equity Association. The second deals with the awakening of the collective bargaining concept following an unpleasant season with the Stratford Festival.

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FILM INDUSTRY DEALT DEATH BLOW BY GOVERNMENT

Many will already be aware of the devastation caused by a Nova Scotia Provincial Budget unceremoniously dropped on the film industry in this most beautiful part of Canada this spring. The following is my article from the Summer Edition of … Continue reading

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The Selfish Stage

The following is an excerpt from a draft chapter of THE SELFISH STAGE, an actor’s memory of events during more than 40 years on the stages of Canadian Theatre. The author was Equity’s spokesperson during the dustup with the Stratford Festival when four Canadians comprising its new directorship were summarily fired and a non-Canadian contacted to replace outgoing artistic director, Robin Phillips. The resulting chaos almost stopped the Festival’s 1981 season. It was a triumph for Equity and a turning point for Canada’s Theatre, ensuring that its most prestigious theatre would no longer automatically look elsewhere for artistic leadership.

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