Construction and Opening

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Hart House was commissioned on behalf of the Massey family. Vincent Massey intended Hart House not to be a “glorified club, but an educational institution.” The theatre was just one aspect of Massey’s ambitions for Hart House as a cultural, Read on! →

The Little Theatre movement

The Little Theatre movement was an international campaign and reform movement that protested the oversaturation of crassness, commercialization, mass-production, and professionalization within theatrical productions. Instead, the Little Theatre movement sought to develop amateur talent, artistic and experimental productions, and would Read on! →

Massey Era

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After eight years of construction, interrupted by the war, Vincent Massey declared that “the House as it now stands is intended to represent the sum of those activities of the student which lie outside the curriculum.” The Massey era was Read on! →

Robert Gill Era

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Robert Gill was the seventh artistic director of Hart House from 1946 to 1966 and his “era” can be summarized as one of dramatic innovation and student involvement. When he came on as artistic director, it had been nine years Read on! →

Graduate Centre Era

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After Robert Gill’s departure in 1966, Hart House Theatre would come under the management of the Graduate Centre for Drama at UofT. Serving as a “laboratory adjunct” to the academic research program in 1967 Leon Major, who had already founded Read on! →

Office of Space Management Era

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In 1986 management was transferred to the Office of Space Management and in 2001, after the University announced it would stop subsidizing the Theatre, it was finally integrated into the Hart House management structure, over 80 years after it was Read on! →

Present

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Hart House Theatre is currently the central space for the Dramatic arts on Campus. Key to the present era was the return of the artistic director position after a hiatus of 30 years. Jeremy Hutton held that position between 2010-2013. Read on! →