Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1995

Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1995 - Mary Ellen Burgess

Mary Ellen Burgess was recognized across Canada as an outstanding drama director and adjudicator. She served as Governor and executive member of the Dominion Drama Festival for 10 years and was an executive member of Regina Little Theatre for 23 years. She reshaped high school in the province by initiating drama competitions in the late 1930's, helping add drama to the curriculum, and establishing province-wide drama festivals. Mrs. Burgess taught at the two Saskatchewan teachers' colleges and at the University of Saskatchewan. She wrote school radio broadcasts, a weekly radio program, one-act plays, pamphlets on play production and stagecraft, and newspaper articles. She initiated the Mary Ellen Burgess Drama Library, which contains over 7,000 playscripts and reference books.