Findlater, Saskatchewan, Canada
Veteran actor and trail-blazer Joy Coghill (CM) Born 1926 has developed a career as a theater producer, director, actor and teacher. In 1995 she founded the Western Gold Theatre, a company for senior professionals. Known for innovation, in 1987 Joy wrote and produced "Song of this Place," a play with puppets based on the life of Emily Carr. In 1996 she played King Lear in "The Lear Project," and in 1998 she created "The Alzheimer Project" for Western Gold. Coghill was Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse (1967-69) and of the English Acting section of the National Theatre School (1970-73). She has received honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University (1994) and the University of British Columbia (1995). Joy is the recipient of four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, the Gascon-Thomas Award (NTS), the Herbert Whittaker Critics' Association Award and Lifetime Membership in the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.