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Christopher Newton

Jury Member, 2001

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Christopher Newton was a Canadian director and actor, who served as artistic director of the Shaw Festival from 1980 to 2002.

Newton performed with the Canadian Players, at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Vancouver Playhouse and the Stratford Festival. At Stratford, he played such roles as ‘Oberon’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and ‘Aramis’ in The Three Musketeers. He also appeared on Broadway in Peter Shaffer’s The Private Ear.

In 1968, Newton founded Theatre Calgary where he served as artistic director until 1971. In 1973, he was appointed artistic director of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. There, he founded the Playhouse Acting School with his friend and mentor Powys Thomas.


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