As a way of celebrating our 100th Anniversary, Hart House Theatre will spend the season and beyond, highlighting some of the brilliant, generous and talented people who have graced our stage over the years.
Donald Sutherland is a household name – a Canadian actor whose film career spans more than five decades. He has established himself as one of the most respected, prolific and versatile actors to come from Canada and he got his start with Hart House Theatre.
While attending the University of Toronto, Mr. Sutherland was very interested in the Drama program and took part in many productions with the UC Follies at Hart House Theatre. One of his notable performances while at the Theatre was his work in the 1957 production of The Tempest where Mr. Sutherland played the role of Stephano to critical acclaim.
Mr. Sutherland described his passion for Hart House Theatre: “It’s a theatre with arms that embrace you, comfort you, push you, applaud you. It gives birth to people who make theatre. It nurtures them. It guides them. It sets them free and they wear the mantle of that theatre for the rest of their lives.”
Donald Sutherland’s appreciation of Hart House Theatre lives on through his endowment of the Donald Sutherland Award for Best Performance, an honour awarded to the student that achieved the highest quality of delivery, character development and interaction in the annual U of T Drama Festival.
Evelyn is a Senior Marketing Director for a global tech company, but once upon a time studied Theatre at the university of Toronto. She was on stage at Hart House Theatre and Canopy Theatre as a student and recent alumni in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Criminals in Love and As You Like It. After transitioning out of stage aspirations, she worked at Hart House Theatre coordinating the creative classes and theatre marketing.
When asked how Hart House Theatre influenced her career and what impact the Theatre had on her in general, Evelyn had this to say: “Being on stage teaches people to live in the moment, work together and how to handle their drink. All have helped me develop my real world business skills! Whether you’re on stage or in the audience Hart House Theatre was, and remains, a safe place to explore and grow.”
Despite her current day-to-day in tech and as a mom of 1.5 kids, Evelyn says she is secretly convinced someone will offer her her own sitcom at any moment…