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The life and legacy of Calgary trailblazer Joyce Doolittle


This week, Calgary’s arts community mourns the loss of a trailblazer… 
Actor, author, publisher, director and all-around patron of the arts, Joyce Doolittle passed away last week at age 91. 

Among the Order of Canada recipient’s many achievements, was helping to create Calgary’s Pumphouse TheatreHer mission was to create an affordable space to present local theatre.

In 1971, Joyce saw the potential for a decommissioned water-pumping station to be transformed into a community performing arts space. For over 40 years, the Pumphouse Theatre has been a space for generations of young artists to hone their craft.  
Earlier this week, CKUA’s Lisa Wilton spoke with Eugene Stickland. The playwright and longtime friend of Joyce Doolittle spoke to us about her passion for theatre, and her legacy.