Fonds XZ1 MS A366 - Alan Nunn fonds

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Alan Nunn fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS A366

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  • 1934-2003, predominant 1970-1990 (Creation)
    Nunn, Alan Richard, 1920-2004

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2.4 m of textual records ca. 275 photographs 1 costume design 75 posters 1,100 slides

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Alan Richard Nunn was born March 3, 1920 in Birmingham, England. After World War II he pursued his interest in theatre through The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His work as an actor took him across England and North America, performing with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, British Arts Council, The Old Vic, the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, The Red Barn Theatre in Jackson’s Point, Ontario, and the Crest Theatre in Toronto. He served as House Manager for the O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts from 1963 to 1970 and Administrator of the National Ballet School from 1970 to 1982. Nunn taught at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in the Master in Theatre programme. Upon retirement he moved to Peterborough, Ontario, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts at Trent University. Nunn founded the Lakefield Readers Theatre, directed and appeared in many plays, and taught Shakespeare to adults. He died November 3, 2004.

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Fonds consists of posters, house programs, reviews and articles, scripts, personal correspondence, photographs, slides, research notes, and teaching notes relating to Alan Richard Nunn’s career. Newspaper articles are arranged alphabetically. Reviews and articles are arranged by theatre. Nunn’s research notes include work on Roy Mitchell; theatre history (particularly in Toronto); Dora Mavor Moore; and the history of various theatres including Hart House and Crest Theatre.

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Fonds acquired from creator in April, 2003.


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Copyright, normally, is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder. Single copies can be made for research and study purposes.

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