Bill Glassco

Bill Glassco, a native and resident of Quebec City, was the founder and first Artistic Director of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, which rapidly became one of Canada’s flagship theatres for the production of new plays. In the mid ’80s, he also co-founded the Canadian Stage Company and was its co-Artistic Director until 1990. Over the years, he has been closely associated with the work of Michel Tremblay, beginning with his production of Forever Yours, Marie-Lou at the Tarragon in 1972, one of the first Tremblays to be seen in English. Subsequently, he directed the first productions in English of Hosanna, Bonjour, là, bonjour and Albertine, in Five Times. With John Van Burek, he has translated seven Tremblay plays, the latest being, Marcel Pursued by the Hounds. He has also translated Simon Fortin’s Le Pays dans la gorge (The Country in her Throat), which he staged at Tarragon in 1994, and Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Grandes Chaleurs, which he directed first in French in Trois-Rivières and then as Heat Wave, for Theatre Lac Brome in the summer of 1995. In 1982, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He passed away in 2004.