actor/writer photo by Dick Groot
Michael Bawtree has worked in Canadian theatre and television for over 50 years, as playwright, director, educator, actor, TV host and producer. He was the founding head of the drama program at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He was an Associate Director of the Stratford Festival, Ontario, under Jean Gascon. He founded COMUS Music Theatre in Toronto with Maureen Forrester, and founded and directed the internationally recognized Music Theatre Studio Ensemble at the Banff Centre, Alberta. His book The New Singing Theatre was published by Oxford NY in 1991. He has directed plays and music theatre not only in Canada (including the Shaw Festival in 1971) but in the USA, and also in Finland: a total of over 60 productions.