Arts journalist, dramaturge, and theatre director Urjo Kareda was a key figure in Canadian film and theatre. Born in Estonia, at age five he moved with his parents to Toronto. He studied at UC, then Cambridge University in London, from where he wrote for The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Returning to Toronto, he became the Star’s theatre critic before being hired by the Stratford Festival and later the Tarragon Theatre as artistic director. Over the next twenty years, he would turn the Tarragon into the new play centre, earning it the unofficial title of The Playwright's Theatre, and becoming in the process one of the most respected voices in English-Canadian theatre. For his tremendous contributions to the nation’s developing arts scene, he was recognized with the Order of Canada, the City of Toronto Award for the Performing Arts, the Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, and an honorary Dora Mavor Moore Award, among other honours.
(BA 1966 UC) (MA 1967 U of T) (d. 2001)