Director Martha Henry and general director Antoni Cimolino talk about the Birmingham Conservatory for Classic Theatre. From the Stratford Shakespeare Channel on YouTube.
In 1980 Martha Henry won her first Genie as best actress for her performance in The Newcomers. She was also named best actress at the 1986 Genie Awards for her performance as Edna in Dancing in the Dark and best supporting actress in 1994 in The Mustard Bath. In 1996, Henry was awarded a Genie for best actress for her performance in the film adaptation of Long Day's Journey Into Night.
For her work on television she received GEMINI AWARDS in 1988 for Mount Royal, in 1989 for Glory Enough For All and in 1999 for her guest role in Emily of New Moon. She was artistic director of the GRAND THEATRE in London, Ont, from 1988 to 1995, where she directed A Moon for the Misbegotten, Blood Relations, The Miracle Worker, Miss Julie and The Dining Room. She returned to Stratford in 1994 to play Mary Tyrone in the acclaimed production of Long Day's Journey Into Night, a role she repeated in 1995. She also played Marian Raymond in Timothy Findley's The Stillborn Lover during the 1995 season at Stratford. In 1996 she played "A" in the Canadian premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women at the CITADEL THEATRE in Edmonton. During her 22nd season at the 1996 Stratford Festival, Henry played Regina in Little Foxes and Princess Kosmonopolis in Sweet Bird of Youth.
Martha Henry has continued her long and distinguished association with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. In 2007, she succeeded David Latham as principal of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training at Stratford. She has maintained her busy schedule of acting and directing at Stratford, appearing with her husband, Rod Beattie, in Macbeth in 1999 as well as in The Trojan Women and All's Well That Ends Well in 2008. She has appeared in non-Shakespearean productions at Stratford, among them as Martha in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2001). She has directed a number of plays at Stratford including Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex (2000), Richard III (2002), Of Mice and Men with Graham GREENE (2007) and Chekhov's The Three Sisters (2009).
Henry has maintained a busy schedule as an actor for film and television as well. She played Audrey in The Republic of Love (2004) directed by Deepa MEHTA, and Rosemary Hauser in Clean (2005), directed by Olivier Assayas. She played Julia, the prime minister's mother, in Paul GROSS's miniseries H2O (2004) and Lucy, the owner of the Chateau Rousseau, in Ken Finkleman's At the Hotel (2006). She was nominated for Gemini awards for the latter 2 roles.
The Life and Times of Martha Henry was broadcast in 1997 on the CBC television network.
Martha Henry has received many honours, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre (1989), the GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts (1996), the ORDER OF CANADA (member 1981, promoted to companion 1990) and the ORDER OF ONTARIO (1994). She has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, University of Guelph, Lawrence University (Wisconsin), University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario and University of Waterloo.
Author JAMES DEFELICE
Links to Other Sites
Theatre Museum Canada - The Legend Library
Watch a series of captivating interviews with legendary personalities in Canadian theatre, including Susan Benson and Michael Whitfield, Douglas Campbell, Desmond Heeley, Martha Henry, William Hutt, Mavor Moore, William Needles, Jean-Louis Roux, and Paul Thompson. Interviews conducted by actor/director RH Thomson. From the website for Theatre Museum Canada.
JWR International Directory of Fine Arts & Film
A global directory of prominent personalities and organizations involved with show business and the fine arts. Also offers film and stage reviews, interviews, and much more. Check the menu on the left side of the page to search for specific topics of interest. Part of the "James Wegg Review" website.
Feelings, feeling, feels
A review of Stratford Festival’s production of Of Mice and Men with Graham Greene and Martha Henry. From the jamesweggreview.org website.
Frances Hyland, Kate Reid, Martha Henry and John Hirsch's The Cherry Orchard at Stratford
This article chronicles the early careers of Frances Hyland, Kate Reid, and Martha Henry as well as their roles in Stratford's "The Cherry Orchard".
Martha Henry - Birmingham Conservatory for Classic Theatre
Director Martha Henry and General Director Antoni Cimolino talk about the Birmingham Conservatory for Classic Theatre. From the Stratford Shakespeare Channel on YouTube.
Paul Gross: The Reality of the Canadian Water Situation
A CBC feature interview with Paul Gross about the television series "H2O."
Dangerous Liaisons: Stylish, intelligent and funny
A review of Ethan McSweeny’s production of Stratford's "Dangerous Liaisons" adapted by Christopher Hampton. From thestar.com.
Actor Martha Henry reflects on her work with legendary theatre director John Hirsch. The Theatre Museum Canada channel at YouTube.