Bill Glassco, Founder and Artistic Director, 1971-1982

Tarragon Theatre was founded in 1971 by Bill and Jane Glassco to nurture Canadian playwrights, and over its 40-year history has emerged as English Canada's finest presenter of new work for the stage. From its inaugural production of David Freeman's Creeps, a disturbing yet humorous look at the lives of five men with cerebral palsy that won the Chalmers Award for best Canadian play in 1971, Tarragon has premiered many plays that have become national classics including One Night Stand by Carol Bolt, The Donnelly Trilogy by James Reaney, Leaving Home by David French, Artichoke by Joanna Glass, and White Biting Dog and Crackwalker by Judith Thompson.


Steve Whistance-Smith, Frank Moore and Victor Sutton in Creeps by David Freeman, 1971.
Photo: Norman Cromey.
Used with permission.

Steve Whistance-Smith, Frank Moore and Victor Sutton in Creeps by David Freeman, 1971.
Photo: Norman Cromey.
Used with permission.


House program cover for Sticks and Stones, part one of The Donnelly trilogy by James Reaney, 1973.
Used with permission.

House program cover for Sticks and Stones, part one of The Donnelly Trilogy by James Reaney, 1973.
Used with permission.


Liza Creighton and Les Carlson in Leaving Home by David French, 1972.
Photo: Hugh Travers.
Used with permission.

Liza Creighton and Les Carlson in Leaving Home by David French, 1972.
Photo: Hugh Travers.
Used with permission.


Set design for Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell, 1979.
Designer: Shawn Kerwin.
Used with permission.

Set design for Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell, 1979.
Designer: Shawn Kerwin.
Used with permission.

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Source: Performing Arts Centre at the Toronto Reference Library, Toronto Public Library.