Fonds F 701 - Globe Theatre fonds

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Globe Theatre fonds

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  • Architectural drawing
  • Technical drawing
  • Electronic record
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  • Sound recording
  • Textual record
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F 701

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  • 1966-1999 (Creation)
    The Globe Theatre Society, 1969-

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Physical description

ca. 33.950m of textual records
ca. 5610 photographs : prints, b&w, col.
ca. 10435 photographs : negatives, b&w and col.
2737 photographs : slides, b&w, col.
59 photographs : transparencies, col.
39 drawings
349 prints : posters, b&w, col.
ca. 413 architectural drawing sheets
262 audio reels
38 audio cassettes
1 audio compact disc
4 film reels
34 videocassettes : VHS, Betacam SP, Betacam, U-Matic, and 8 mm
39 computer disks; 9 x 9 cm
1 object

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Administrative history

The Globe Theatre was established in 1966 in Regina, Saskatchewan by Kenneth and Sue (Richmond) Kramer as Saskatchewan's first professional educational theatre company. The Kramers moved to Regina from Edmonton, Alberta at the request of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, which provided them with a grant to establish a professional educational theatre company. In addition to a touring company that performed for school audiences around the province, the Globe Theatre expanded to produce plays for adult audiences. By 1972, the Globe Theatre offered the touring company, as well as a full-subscription theatre in-the-round.

The Globe Theatre Society was incorporated by the Government of Saskatchewan as a non-profit corporation on September 4, 1969. Its mandate was to promote professional theatre in Saskatchewan, and particularly to support the Globe Theatre company and its productions. Its board of directors was comprised of: a president; past-president; secretary; treasurer; and no more than ten members-at-large. Membership to the Society consisted of two classes: active and honorary. Membership fees for active members at the time of incorporation was one dollar per year. The Society also registered with the federal Department of National Revenue as a registered Canadian charitable organization on January 1, 1970.

Globe Theatre Productions Limited was incorporated with the Government of Saskatchewan as a business corporation on June 30, 1972. Its mandate was the production of professional and educational theatre. At its incorporation, Kenneth and Sue Kramer were appointed directors, with Kenneth Kramer being sole director after the death of Sue Kramer in 1978. A formal agreement was established on September 28, 1972 between Globe Theatre Productions Limited and The Globe Theatre Society wherein the production company would retain artistic control of the Globe's productions, and the Society would be responsible for the management of the theatre's property, finances and fundraising endeavours. This agreement held until 1990 upon the resignation of Kenneth Kramer and the dissolution of Globe Theatre Productions Limited on July 5th of that year.

Since 1990, The Globe Theatre Society has been responsible for the governance and operations of the theatre and its company. Its board, comprised of no less than 11 and no more than 25 directors, includes an audit committee, a nominating committee, and an executive committee consisting of a chair, vice-chair, past-chair and secretary. The theatre's artistic director is selected by and reports to the board while standing as an ex officio member. Artistic directors appointed in this structure were Susan Ferley (1990-1998) and Ruth Smillie (1998-present).

During Ferley's tenure as artistic director, the Globe reduced its touring of educational productions due to financial constraints. It did, however, establish a satellite series for works of new and emerging playwrights, and continued a summer drama program for teens (previously instructed by Globe staff as part of the then-defunct Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts). Also during Ferley's tenure, the Globe Theatre received royal patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince Edward in 1992. Upon Smillie's appointment as artistic director in 1998, the touring company was eliminated, again due to financial constraints. The satellite series grew to become the Shumiatcher Sandbox series. As well, the Globe took on various capital expansion and renovation projects, some of which accommodated the establishment of the Globe Theatre School in 2006. The School offers year-round drama education programmes for children and adults. Currently (2014), the Globe Theatre is Saskatchewan's largest professional theatre company and offers Canada's only permanent theatre in-the-round.

Throughout its history, the Globe Theatre's permanent theatre and/or administrative offices have been located at various venues around Regina, including: Saskatchewan House (now known as Government House, 1966-1969); the Regina Public Library main branch (1969-1970); the Jubilee Theatre of the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts (now Conexus Arts Centre, 1970-1973); the Merchant's Bank of Canada Building (1973-1979); the Trianon Ballroom (temporarily, ca. 1979-1980); and the Old City Hall (now the Prince Edward Building) at 1801 Scarth Street (1980-present).

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used between 1966 and 1999 by the Globe Theatre, a professional theatre company located in Regina, Saskatchewan. The records relate to the administrative and operational records of the Globe's staff, including those of: artistic directors Kenneth Kramer (1966-1990), Sue Kramer (1966-1978), Susan Ferley (1990-1998) and Ruth Smillie (1998-1999); and employees responsible for the company's administration and management, marketing and public relations, educational programming, technical direction, costume design, and box office management. As well, records relate to the theatrical productions presented throughout the Globe's history. Also included are records of the board of directors of the Globe Theatre Society, the non-profit corporation associated with the theatre company.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

The types of records included are: production files; correspondence; play scripts; photographs; minutes and agendas; annual reports; press releases; programmes; handbills; financial records; clippings; research materials; posters; publications; audio reels and cassettes; video cassettes; film reels; architectural and set design drawings; costume design drawings; and an object.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

The Globe Theatre donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1981: R81-017 (January 26, 1981).
Ruth Smillie, Artistic Director of Globe Theatre, donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1999: R99-225 (June 28, 1999).


Original order maintained by archivist.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Box number(s): 1-199, O/S folders 1-6

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Restrictions on access

Some of these records are subject to access restrictions. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 678 consists of a fonds description and box listings of records.

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Associated materials

Associated material: Globe Theatre fonds - other records of the Globe Theatre are held at the National Archives of Canada (CAIN No. 259518).
Related material: R-P.2 Everhard Hendrik Grolle fonds - includes architectural drawings and notes relating to Globe Theatre renovation and relocation projects from 1973 to 1982, with Grolle serving as project architect and president of the Globe Theatre's Board of Directors in this time period.
PI-108 Globe Theatre Programmes and Tickets - includes programmes for two Globe Theatre productions of the 2003-2004 season: Sylvia, and the Red Priest; and tickets from the production of Sylvia.

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Further accruals are expected.

General note

Location for retrieval: Regina - Maxwell; Regina - Hillsdale

Alpha-numeric designations

Photographs: R-B10808 to R-B10809.

Physical description

Certain rolled architectural drawings were dirty at time of processing. Efforts were made to remove the dirt, and the dirty drawings were rolled separately from the other drawings.

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File 3844 contains slides which are emitting an odour.

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F 701

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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