Martin Hunter, an imaginative, passionate and generous theatre creator, passed away earlier this month. We remember him fondly as Hart House Theatre's Artistic Director from 1972-1978, but also as a more recent collaborator on projects such as
Stephen and Mr. Wilde and
The Gentleman Caller.
"Born at a seminal time for Canadian theatre, such were Martin's contributions that he received the Order of Canada in 2013 for his efforts in this lifelong passion. Martin Hunter was a man of many talents and a true sophisticate. Exceedingly social, generous, tolerant, smart and fun loving, he kept in touch with hundreds of friends for decades. He had a number of disparate careers including stints at the Department of External Affairs and his father's paper business (Buntin Reid). Perhaps the apex of his life was the decade he was Artistic Director at Hart House Theatre, U of T, performing works of Brecht, Shakespeare, Euripides and Chekhov with actors including R.H. Thompson, Rod Beattie and costume designer Martha Mann. His playwriting included a Governor General's award. He wrote for stage and was active in journalism, radio production, filmmaking and philanthropy – The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation." - from the published obituary.
To read more about Martin's work with Hart House Theatre, we recommend a read of a recent graduate project, found
For the full obituary, read