PAL Vancouver’s co-founder, Joy Coghill C.M., has received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
As an artistic director Joy Coghill was the first woman to head the Vancouver Playhouse, commissioning such legendary plays as George Ryga’s “Grass and Wild Strawberries” and “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.” Later, she headed the National Theatre School’s English Acting Section, receiving the first Gascon-Thomas Award in 1985.
Renowned for breaking new and innovative ground, in 1953 she founded Holiday Theatre, the first Canadian professional theatre for children. In 1994, she came full circle founding “Western Gold,” the first professional theatre of senior performers. Joy is Honorary President of PAL Vancouver, the 111-suite affordable housing and theatre complex that she co-founded in 2006 with Jane Heyman.
Recognized with honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of BC, Joy is a member of The Order of Canada and received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2002.