Stratford theatre di­rec­tor re­mem­bered for hard work

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM - STRATFORD, ONT.

Hours af­ter hear­ing about the death of Robin Phillips, An­toni Ci­molino went home and opened a card he had been given years ear­lier from the ven­er­ated Stratford Theatre di­rec­tor com­pli­ment­ing him on his early pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare's Love's Labour's Lost.

It was a full-cir­cle mo­ment for Ci­molino, now him­self artis­tic di­rec­tor of On­tario's premier clas­si­cal theatre fes­ti­val, and who cred­its Phillips with chang­ing his life.

“When I was a kid I watched his pro­duc­tion of Love's Labour's Lost and ... I left ev­ery­thing to go into the theatre,” said Ci­molino. “I ba­si­cally went into the theatre be­cause of the beauty and the qual­ity of what he put on stage.

Phillips died in his sleep at his home out­side Stratford, Ont., on Satur­day morn­ing. He was 73.

His hard work, tal­ent and teach­ing are cel­e­brated for at­tract­ing to the stage afi­ciona­dos and new­com­ers alike, as well as shap­ing theatre across Canada and around the world.

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