Jerry Wasserman, BA (Adelphi), MA (Chicago), PhD (Cornell) is Professor of English and Theatre, specializing in modern drama and theatre history with a particular interest in Canadian theatre. His books include Modern Canadian Plays (now in its fifth edition); Twenty Years at Play: A New Play Centre Anthology; Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice, co-edited with Sherrill Grace; and Spectacle of Empire: Marc Lescarbot’s Theatre of Neptune in New France. He also wrote and hosted Modern Canadian Theatre, a 12-hour telecourse for BC’s Knowledge Network.
Wasserman has published widely on modern drama, modern fiction and blues literature, and has more than 200 professional acting credits for stage and screen. He reviewed theatre for CBC Radio for 17 years and is currently theatre critic for the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers in Vancouver. He is the recipient of a Killam Teaching Prize and the Dorothy Somerset Award from UBC, the Sam Payne Award from the Union of BC Performers, and a Jessie Richardson Award for Career Achievement from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association.
We invite you to give to this award that will honour Jerry’s 44 years of commitment to the university. Your gift will help recognize and encourage English and Theatre undergraduates who have demonstrated academic excellence as well as promise in the performing arts.