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Marion Andre, director, playwright and writer, was born Marian Andrzej Czerniecki on January 12, 1920 in Le Havre, France. Andre was raised in Poland, survived The Holocaust, and established his career in Poland before emigrating to Canada in 1957. Andre taught as a drama specialist for the Protestant School Board in Montreal before becoming artistic director of the city's Saidye Bronfman Centre in 1967. In 1971, Andre came to Toronto to work in the theatre program at York. In 1972, he founded Theatre Plus at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto where he remained artistic director until his retirement in 1985. Andre is the author of several plays and documentaries that were produced by CBC Radio and Television both in English and French. His theatre works, mostly dealing with Jewish life in Poland during the Nazi occupation, have been presented on stages in Toronto, London, and New York. He has also served as a board member of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, the largest, international co-operative undertaking in the history of world theatre.