Remembering Neil Munro (1947 – 2009)
I had the great privilege of working with Neil Munro a number of times over the course of my time as General Manager of Workshop in the Performing Arts (WPA) in Vancouver.
Neil Munro’s classes were always inspiring, humbling, insightful – and very popular…Actors loved being in his workshopped productions because he took such care with the text, helping actors mine every word and phrase for meaning.
Neil was an extremely accomplished director, becoming resident director at the Shaw Festival, appointed first by Christopher Newton, and remaining under Jackie Maxwell. Neil was also a two-time ACTRA Award winning actor and perhaps best know as Beethoven in the film Beethoven Lives Upstairs.
As a playwright, he won both a Dora Award and a Chalmers Award, the first for “Bob’s Kingdom” and the second for “Extreme Close Up.”
Neil Munro was passionate about the work and about theatre in Canada. Many good artists have touched greatness because of what they learned from him.
Neil Munro, gone at 62. Theatre in Canada benefited greatly from his life and will feel his absence for a long time to come. He will be missed.