Newman, Gerald

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Newman, Gerald

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        Gerald Miller Newman was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 14, 1926. He married singer Joyce Bishop in 1946. The couple lived in England until 1949 when they returned to Canada. Gerald Newman received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of British Columbia in 1951. He was TV co-ordinating producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Vancouver, in 1956, and a CBC radio producer from 1956 through 1967. From 1959 through 1967, Newman was the senior producer in charge of CBC radio drama for the Pacific region. Along with other producers and writers of the time, such as Betty Lambert and John Reeves, Newman experimented with new drama forms and production techniques. Between 1956 and 1967, Newman produced and directed numerous drama and music programs for the CBCs A Man at Westminster, Midweek Theatre, Project 66, Saturday Evening, Summer Stage, Sunday Night, Sunday Stage, and Wednesday Night.;Newman was an associate professor in Simon Fraser Universitys Department of English from 1967 until his retirement in 1991. He taught primarily courses on Shakespeare and literary criticism and often used radio play-scripts and program recordings as teaching aids in the classroom. He was Chair of the English Department from 1969-1974. Gerald Newman died on May 5, 2005.


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