Athabasca University is the new host for the Encyclopedia of Canadian Theatre on the web. The site provides a comprehensive listing of Canadian playwrights, plays, and theatre practitioners, from information submitted by academics and those involved in the business and pleasure of the theatre. It is updated regularly, and is cross-linked.
The Encyclopedia was originally conceived and developed over a period of five years by Gaetan Charlesbois, a Montreal theatre critic, playwright, and actor, who has an insatiable love for the theatre. And it grew and grew, necessitating institutional support.
Gaetan approached Anne Nothof, president of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research (and AU English professor), who also has an insatiable love for the theatre. Given the important educational function and world-wide access of the site, Anne believed it a good fit with AU.
With the indispensable support of Mike Sosteric and Madeline Holt from DEPTH, the site has been transferred and is being redesigned. An editorial board comprising members from the Association for Canadian Theatre Research will update and revise the contents. This site will also be linked to several course home pages. Check it out at: http://www.canadiantheatre.com/