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Date of Birth: 1927
Tom Hendry was a proud Westerner and Canadian nationalist who spent much of his life promoting the arts. In the early 1950s, he worked for the CBC both as a writer and actor. In 1957, he and John Hirsh co-founded Winnipeg’s Theatre 77. One year later, the theatre became the Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC). In 1969, Hendry worked as the first literary director of the Stratford Festival. He also wrote several plays in his lifetime including "Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass" (1966) which was criticized in Parliament for its anti-war stance. The 1969 stage version won Hendry the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. In 1995, Hendry was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada. A few years before he died, the MTC Warehouse theatre was renamed the Tom Hendry Theatre in his honour.