Elizabeth Gorrie was a major force in young people’s theatre in Canada. She began singing and acting at an early age and quickly moved into a directing role, writing more than 50 original scripts and adaptations. As founding artistic director of Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, she helped develop the company from a small touring group to an established theatre company with a theatre school program. Gorrie’s awards and honours included the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canadian theatre for young audiences, and CFAX Radio’s Arts Person of the Year for Victoria. Her imaginative productions often put classic works in contemporary context — for example, one adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set Shakespeare’s tragic love story in the West Bank. Her productions have been performed by companies across Canada and as far away as the National Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Kaze-No-Ko in Tokyo. With Kaleidoscope, she worked with local performance institutions, including the Victoria Symphony and dancer choreographer Lynda Raino. She used movement and imagery together to give her productions strong visual elements. She held a drama diploma from the Banff School of Fine Arts and an associate degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and an English and arts degree from St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba. Gorrie worked and performed with several theatres across the country, including the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre, Kelowna’s Sunshine Theatre, Victoria’s Bastion Theatre and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. Elizabeth Gorrie was Kaleidoscope’s Artistic Director from 1974 through 1999.