Fonds F0191 - Jason Sherman fonds

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Jason Sherman fonds

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9.4 m of textual records
1 audio compact disc
220 digital video discs

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Jason Sherman (1962-), playwright and script writer, was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1962 and has lived in Toronto since 1969. He graduated from York University's Creative Writing Program in 1985 and co-founded and co-edited the literary magazine "What" with Kevin Connolly. Between 1985 and 1990, Sherman continued to run "What" as well as establishing himself as a journalist with reviews, essays and interviews appearing in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Theatre Review and Theatrum, among other publications. Sherman's playwriting work has been recognized with critical acclaim and numerous awards including the Governor-General's award in 1995 for "Three in the Back, Two in the Head", the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 1993 for "The League of Nathans" and the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 1998 for his play "Patience". Since the production of his first professional play, "A Place Like Pamela" at Walking Shadow Theatre in Toronto in 1991, his work has been performed at various theatres across Canada and the United States including Tarragon Theatre, The Factory Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Several of his plays have been published by Playwrights Canada Press. He was the editor of two anthologies for Coach House Press: "Canadian Brash" (1991) and "Solo" (1993). Sherman is also a respected radio and television script writer and since 2007 has concentrated his work in this area. He has written for various radio and television programmes including his own radio series "National Affairs", the American television programme "The Hard Court", the mini-series "ReGenesis", the CBC Radio series "Afghanada", the television adaptation of Vincent Lam's prize-winning "Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures" collection, the television series "The Listener" and the documentary on Residential Schools, "Stolen Children."

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Fonds consists of manuscript and typescript copies of Jason Sherman's work, copies of scripts with revisions, clippings and reviews pertaining to the production of his plays and radio and television work, personal and business correspondence, subject files and other material pertaining to his career as a writer as well as the operational files of "What" magazine.

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Donated by Jason Sherman's company Seventh Son Productions, Inc. in 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2017, and 2019.


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No restrictions on access for research purposes. Quotes from documents created by Jason Sherman that are intended for use in publications require the previous written permission of Jason Sherman. Inquiries should be directed to the University Archivist.

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Fonds comprises the following accessions: 1999-059, 2000-057, 2005-015, 2007-029, 2008-040, 2010-012, 2011-022, 2017-026, 2017-031. Further accruals are expected.

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2002/04/08 Jizi Chen:. (Creation)
2002/04/08 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/15 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals. Removed note re: supplied title.
2003/04/28 Sean Smith. Updated dates of creation and extents to include accession 2000-057.
2003/05/01 Ken Hernden. Removed arrangement note, updated immediate source of acquisition, provenance and subject access points, finding aid note.
2005/06/20 Sean Smith. Updated dates of creation and extents to include accession 2005-015; edited and updated fonds level description.
2005/06/21 Dubeau. Revised biographical sketch and added link to 2005 accession.
2007/07/17 Dubeau. Updated description to include 2007-029. Revised access restrictions. Corrected immediate source of acquisition info.
2011/08/24 Dubeau. Updated description to include accessions 2008-040 and 2010-012.
2012/01/26 Anna St.Onge. Added link to 2011-022 accession. *Have not revised extents yet!
2012/01/26 Anna St.Onge. Revised extents to include material from Accession 2011-022. (0.54 m of text and 38 DVDs) Revised dates of creation to include material from Accession 2011-022. Revised Scope note and Biographical sketch to include material from Accession 2011-022.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2019/04/30 KCP, N. Roz. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.

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