CBC's Cross Country Checkup
Published February 7, 2021 | by Ian Hanomansing
Listen to the radio interview with Alumnae's Anne Tait here:
(The segment starts at the 11:50 mark and runs for about 3 minutes.)
"Has Zoom made your life better or worse">
On February 7, 2021, CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup asked the following question:
Has Zoom made your life better or worse?
Anne Tait, a long-time Alumnae member, responded to host Ian Hanomansing with an emphatic “Yes!” She recalled that the COVID-19 pandemic hit right in the middle of our festival of new plays and caused the cancellation of all our upcoming live shows.
On the bright side, the Zoom platform has allowed Alumnae members to create lots of new and very popular programs for its members. “I thought we’d lose that precious connection you have with each other when you’re all working to get a show up on stage," Anne said, "but at the Alumnae, we started online play readings, then fully rehearsed performances, and new groups, where we comment on plays we read, or sharpen our acting skills, or as directors, two of us will direct the same scene. We’ve grown closer together, we’ve attracted many new members, and we’ve enlarged our scope.“
Published January 8, 2019 | by James Hunter
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“A Day in the Life” with Toronto Creative Jane Hunter >
"Have you ever walked into your study or den to find a large hole where your desk used to be? Or thrown open your closet door to find a row of empty hangers instead of your favourite jacket, pants and shirts? Or found your seat in a theatre, only to look up and see your entire living room on the stage? These moments of dismay come courtesy of being married to a Community Theatre actor. Audiences will recognise my wife: Jane Hunter, from the Alumnae Theatre..."
National Post Article featuring Alumnae Theatre
Published August 1, 2019 | by Sadaf Ahsan
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How the women of Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre Company have upheld their century-old purpose in the face of constant change >
"As I speak to Molly Thom, one of the longest-serving members of Toronto’s all-woman Alumnae Theatre Company, a fire alarm goes off every 20 minutes. At first, the noise is a nuisance, but before long, I come to think of the shrill sound as being kind of funny, full of irony and coincidence..."
Podcast Episode featuring Alumnae Theatre
Published August 12, 2019 | by Dead Men Don't Podcast
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Spotlights Up on Ghostly Residents at Alumnae Theatre >
"Adara and Kenzie visit the quaint Alumnae Theatre in downtown Toronto. This Firehall turned theatre has seen a lot of activity over the years, some of which is paranormal. This place has the most ghost stories out of any the places we've been to. Kenzie was surprisingly not scared..."
Globe and Mail
Updated May 11, 2018 - Published January 30, 2014 | by Dave LeBlanc
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Walking Toronto in the Footsteps of Ron Thom>
"I never met British Columbia-born architect Ron Thom (1923-1986), but his love for his adopted city comes through in Exploring Toronto, a lovely little architectural guidebook put out by the Toronto Chapter of Architects in 1972.
Twelve illustrated walks authored by a who's who of Toronto Modernists – Jack Diamond, Barton Myers, Macy DuBois, Eberhard Zeidler and Jerome Markson to name a few – now serve as my own personal time machine..."
City TV News
Published December 21, 2009 | by Shawne McKeown
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Theatre in Small Spaces >
"Two other-worldly beings are said to live in the building. The spirit of a deceased Alumnae lighting designer named Tom has actually been seen, as the story goes, and the presence of a dead firefighter is often felt in several rooms. Tom inhabits the studio theatre. Two actors spotted him when they were rehearsing a New Ideas show late one night. They were the last ones in the building and were heading out the door when they heard a noise coming from the attic.
So they went upstairs and they saw a guy up a ladder and said ‘we were just about to leave, do you want us to lock up?’ and he said ‘no it’s okay, I’ll do it’,” McCulloch said.
McCulloch said the presence of the fireman has been felt, not surprisingly, in the basement, in the main stairwell and he’s apparently responsible for some unexplained noises in the studio.
'Every night when I leave, if I’m the last one in the building, I close the door, turn out the lights, and say Goodnight!’ she admitted..."