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The Georgia Straight - - Chill Out -

Van­cou­ver per­form­ing-arts le­gend Joy Coghill has passed away. The di­rec­tor, ac­tor, and pro­ducer was loved by her peers and au­di­ences through­out a stage ca­reer that lasted nearly seven decades. Born in 1926 in Find­later, Saskatchewan, she played a mon­u­men­tal role in the de­vel­op­ment of Van­cou­ver’s the­atre com­mu­nity and dis­tin­guished her­self on the na­tional stage. She was the first fe­male artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Na­tional The­atre School and was a reg­u­lar on the Play­house The­atre stage. Late in life she helped lead the cre­ation of the Per­form­ing Arts Lodge, a.k.a. PAL Van­cou­ver, a so­cial-hous­ing and the­atre project near Coal Har­bour. As Na­tional The­atre School of Canada CEO Gideon Arthurs put it this week: “Joy Coghill was a pil­lar of the the­atre com­mu­nity and one of the founders of Cana­dian the­atre. She led the way in so many roles, on and off stage, and her legacy will never be for­got­ten.”

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