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Tim Fort

A member of Dan School of Drama & Music

Tim Fort

Professor Emeritus


Tim Fort received his PhD. from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama where his doctoral thesis, and much of his subsequent academic writing, examined late nineteenth-century lighting design and staging.

Arriving at Queen’s in 1986, he taught a wide range of courses in the Drama Department including Design, Directing, Theatre Administration and Musical Theatre. From 2001-2012, Tim served as the Head of the Drama Department and, more recently, he was the first Graduate Coordinator of the Dan School’s Arts Management program. A member of the Associated Designer’s of Canada, he has designed lighting and/or scenery for over 200 theatre productions including the world premieres of And All For Love at the National Arts Centre and Judith Thompson’s Hothouse at The Isabel Bader Centre.

Beginning in 1973, Tim spent the first of 46 consecutive summers as a director, designer, actor and producer at Vermont’s oldest professional theatre, the Weston Playhouse, where he had the opportunity to work with a distinguished group of Broadway and Regional theatre artists while directing more than 75 stage productions including the Vermont premieres of Les Misérables, Avenue Q, and Spelling Bee.  For many years Tim also supervised the Playhouse’s Young Company training program as well as its after-hours cabaret – both of which he had a fundamental role in creating.

In the Kingston area, he has directed and designed many productions including The Goblin Market and Marry Me A Little for Theatre Kingston; Noises Off for Thousand Islands Playhouse; and The Drowsy Chaperone, Candide, and A Little Night Music for Queen’s. Tim is currently working with Leslie Arden, whose new musical The Lancashire Lass is being developed for a world premiere at Kingston’s 2022 Watershed Festival.