Jane Vanstone Osborn

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As many of us did I started my life in theatre as a child watching shows at the Colonnade. I remember it as a magical place, hidden in a mall, near the ROM where my dad worked. My Mom and her friends would take my sister and I there to see shows, though we always suspected that we were just an excuse. Theatre turned out to be in my blood as well as theirs. I ended up volunteering as an usher at YPT, then working in the production office. My heart was backstage though and I became an apprentice stage manager on The Prince and the Pauper in the 87/88 season. I have fond memories of taping out a massive revolving staircase in the rehearsal hall, watching the skill of a dresser who was a true quick change artist, and burning off the torches on front street to the amusement of passers by. Sometimes as the lights went down at the start of a show and the children went wild we’d wonder why we bothered, then the show would start and you could here the audience getting involved and you’d remember why. Theatre is a special place and it has been my pleasure to create it for over 30 years. Congrats on the 50th and thanks for getting me started.

– Jane Vanstone Osborn