Remembering Joe Green
Professor Emeritus Joe Green, a charter member of the Faculty of Fine Arts (now AMPD) and the founding Chair of York University’s Department of Theatre, passed away on Feb. 3, 2017.
Professor Green joined York in 1968 and the following year directed Theatre @ York’s first production: a double bill of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. In the course of his distinguished academic career, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (1973-1980) and director of the Graduate Program in Arts and Media Administration (1982-1994). In recognition of his outstanding contributions as a teacher, administrator, cultural consultant and advocate, he was named University Professor in 1993. The Joseph. G. Green Studio Theatre in the Centre for Film and Theatre is named in his honour.
Alongside his academic career, Joe Green was an acclaimed director and producer for the stage and screen. With Gemstone Productions, he produced the Canadian tour and Toronto run of The Dining Room, a revival of The Sunshine Boys, and Sullivan and Gilbert, a co-production with the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. He served as executive producer for the award-winning television mini-series, Glory Enough For All, seen on CBC, Thames Television/UK and Masterpiece Theatre/PBS. As a principal of Fundamentally Film Inc. he co-produced Syncopation for Mirvish Productions at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre in 2002.
Through his formidable professional achievements and the generous heart and spirit he brought to everything he did and everyone he encountered, Joe Green has left an indelible mark on our program, our School, and the Canadian arts scene. For more information, including links to media and an online memorial book, go to the YFile story.