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I cannot sufficiently thank everyone who helped make this thesis possible. I can only offer to the following heartfelt and inadequate thanks.

The members of my Advisory Committee: Dr. Paul Denham, Dr. Don Kerr, Dr. Dwayne Brenna, Pamela Haig Bartley, and external examiner Dr. Bill Waiser. To my thesis advisor Dr. Moira Day who provided steadfast support for the past two years. This work would have been impossible without a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, awarded by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Barbara Brown from the CBC National Archives who provided permission to study these plays. Bill Wagner of the Saskatchewan Archives Recorded Sound Collection, and all of the archivists and employees at the Saskatchewan Archives Saskatoon Office were generous beyond the call of duty with their time and knowledge. To those who gave so freely of their time in the form of interviews: Kelley Jo Burke, Pam Bustin, Mansel Robinson, Barbara Sapergia, Geoffrey Ursell, and Wayne Schmalz. Rhoda Miko provided technical, logistical, and emotional support in the Department of Drama (and laughed in the right places). To my sister, Dr. Kathryn McWilliams, who shared her previous thesis experiences. To Anne Joyce McWilliams, for proof reading … and for the whole raising- me-with Dad thing. To my mother-in-law Devota Donnelly, thank you for surrendering your office whenever we travelled to Edmonton.

And to Jennifer, my wife, thank you for so very much. Thank you for the gift of perspective and clarity – and for Grace. Now I know why I do everything.


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