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John Palmer


B: May 13, 1943 in Sydney, Nova Scotia
D: May 15, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario

Playwright, director and actor John Palmer was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1943. He grew up in Ottawa and became involved with theatre while still in high school and as an English major at Carlton University. He directed plays at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa, and at the Black Swan Coffee House in Stratford, which he co-founded with Martin Kinch. In 1968 he co-founded the Canadian Place Theatre in Stratford with Kinch as Canadian alternative to the British fare at the Stratford Festival. In addition to his work as a stage director and playwright, Palmer was also a founding member of Playwrights Guild of Canada and taught at York University, Ryerson University, National Theatre School of Canada, Juilliard, and Brooklyn Academy. He only made a handful of films.