File MS-1464 - Voaden, Herman. Toronto, Ontario; Playwright.

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Voaden, Herman. Toronto, Ontario; Playwright.

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  • 1966 (Creation)
    Voaden, Herman. Toronto, Ontario; Playwright

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Microfilm (neg.), 35 mm [A00675], Original loaned by author for copying

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Born January 19, 1903 in London, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in 1923 and a Master of Arts degree in 1926 from Queen's University. He also studied at the University of Chicago and at Yale University.

His father, Dr. Arthur Voaden, pioneered vocational teaching in Ontario. His mother, Luisa Bale Voaden, was also a teacher. Voaden studied modern drama at Queen’s University, 1920–1923, and wrote his 1926 Queen’s M.A. thesis on Eugene O’Neill.

A member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, he ran for the House of Commons of Canada in the western Toronto riding of Trinity in the 1945 elections, 1949 elections, 1953 elections, and a 1954 by-election. He lost each time.

Voaden was a member of Toronto's Arts and Letters Club, the Dominion Drama Festival, and a founding member and first president of the Canadian Arts Council (which became the Canadian Conference of the Arts in 1958). As president of the CAC, he was one of several Canadian representatives to the first UNESCO conference, held in Paris in 1946.

In 1974, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor, "in recognition of his contribution to the performing arts as a playwright, producer and teacher, and his services in fostering support for all the arts and crafts".[5] He was made a Fellow in the Royal Society of Arts in 1970.

Following his death June 27, 1991 Queen's University created the Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition to honour new works by emerging playwrights.

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"Emily Carr: A Stage Biography with Pictures", McPherson Playhouse (Victoria) 1966, adaptation. [Play]

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Originals loaned to BC Archives for microfilming by Herman Voaden, 1976.


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No part of the play, or the play itself may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by an means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission of the author [author's estate].

No part of the play, or the play itself may be read or performed without the written consent of the author [author's estate]. All rights, including professional, amateur, motion picture, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio broadcasting, television, and the rights of translation into foreign languages, are strictly reserved.

Inquiries concerning all rights should be addressed to the author [author's estate].

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Accession number(s): 76-024

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