Robert Gill Era

1946 - 1966

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 since Hart House had put on its own original productions. The unexpected success of Saint Joan in 1947 launched not only his career as artistic director, but also the careers of some of Canada’s famous actors and actress. His twenty-year reign was one of the longest and witnessed a growth of dramatic talent from the Theatre, which focused on the development of usĀ  amateurism rather than professional talent.

It was in this period that Hart House Theatre became an extracurricular student theatre.