Robertson Davies

Portrait of Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies not only played a critical role in the development of Hart House Theatre, but also on the wider University of Toronto Campus. Along with his contributions to Hart House Theatre he was also the founding master of Massey Read on! →

Merrill Denison


Merrill Denison (1893-1975) is considered one of the fathers of Canadian Theatre. He became the Art Director of Hart House Theatre in 1921. He is most famous for his one act play Brothers in Arms, a play that artistic director Read on! →

Frederick Coates

Frederick Coates

Frederick Coates (1890-1965) was a sculptor, painter, sketcher, and architect who served an art director for Hart House Theatre on two separate occasions. He was largely responsible for coordinating and creating the visual look of a production, from lighting effects Read on! →

Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

In his time at the University of Toronto, Donald Sutherland was heavily invested in the artistic community at Hart House Theatre. During his time he was very interested in the Drama program and took part in many productions with the Read on! →

William B. Davis


William B. Davis, best known for his role as the Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files, also took part in the history of the University of Toronto. His original intention for coming to the school was to take part in Read on! →

David Gardner


David Gardner earned a PhD at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto.1 While his influence at the time was less obvious, Gardner took on the role of directing Macbeth in 2002-2003 and As Read on! →

Lorne Michaels


Lorne Michaels, best known as the renowned creator of Saturday Night Live, begun his start on the stage at Hart House Theatre. Michaels remains a large contributor to the Hart House project today and the Theatre now houses the Lorne Read on! →

Dora Mavor Moore

Rehearsal for the 2009 Dora Awards

Dora Mavor Moore (1888-1979) had been involved in Canada’s theatre scene since her debut performance as Rosalind in the Women’s Dramatic Club of University College production of As You Like It in 1908.1 At Hart House Theatre, Dora Mavor Moore Read on! →

Vincent Massey


Vincent Massey was a man of immense influence at the University of Toronto. His key contribution was the commissioning of Hart House. After generous donations for the construction, it was named after his grandfather, Hart Almerrin. Though the construction started Read on! →