news | Thursday October 9, 2014
In a press release dated Wednesday October 8, 2014, the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) announced its receipt of a gift of $548,000 at the bequest of late actor Ron Braden (1931-2012). This is the largest donation ever made to Theatre Museum Canada, and it will establish The Gertrude Isobelle Braden Fund (named for the actor’s mother), which will help the organization preserve Canadian theatre heritage for future generations.
Founded in 1991 as a committee of what is now the CATR, Theatre Museum Canada is a registered charity that shares Canada’s rich theatre legacy with Canadians and theatre enthusiasts everywhere. Its programming includes special exhibits at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and the Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History at Hart House Theatre, the Theatre Museum Goes Backstage series of public learning events, caring for a growing collection of theatre artefacts, and – its most popular program – the Legend Library of videotaped interviews conducted by actor R.H. Thomson with pioneers of Canadian theatre (available online at www.TheatreMuseumCanada.ca).
Congratulations to the CATR. Long live Canadian theatre!