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Order of Canada

Tanya Moiseiwitsch, O.C.

London [United Kingdom]

Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada

Awarded on October 10, 2002; Invested on May 16, 2003

She has had an enormous impact on theatre arts in the 20th century. Throughout a long and illustrious career, this renowned theatre designer has set standards for innovation and excellence in her stage and production design as well as in costuming. Notably, in 1953, she collaborated in the founding of Ontario's Stratford Shakespearean Festival. Her creation of the Festival's thrust stage inspired theatre designers around the world and influenced play-writing itself. She has also generously shared her talent with younger artists, many who are now internationally recognized.