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Title: The history of the United Players of Vancouver
Author: Lee, Wendy
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Creative Writing/Theatre
Copyright Date: 1998
Subject Keywords United Players of Vancouver; Theater -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History
Abstract: In 1959 the St. James United Church Drama Group was created by Gwen Crowe and Eileen Oliver. This group is now called The United Players of Vancouver; it resides at The Jericho Arts Centre. Over the span of nearly forty years there have been many changes. The group has altered its name three times and its main location twice; the membership transforming it from a small group of friends to a semi-professional company of some reputation. The purpose of this study is to document the history of this company and its development into an important, innovative part of Vancouver's community theatre. Material for the thesis was obtained primarily through archival files kept by The United Players of Vancouver. Materials included handbills, programs, letters, minutes of meetings, membership lists and accounts. Personal interviews of people involved in the executive of the company along with newspaper clippings were important sources of information. There were some difficulties associated with researching the formative years of the company. The archival information is not available for the years 1959 to 1964 and many of the original members have died or moved away. The majority of information has therefore come from the recollections of Gwen Crowe, a founding member of the United Players. This thesis covers the general history of the United Players of Vancouver, the role of this theatre within its community, and the possible future of the company as seen by its members, especially Andree Karas, Artistic Director for the last thirteen years.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/8191
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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