Jan 24, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The woman who revolutionized children’s theatre in Toronto- has died.
Susan Douglas Rubes died peacefully yesterday at the age of 87.
She was born in Vienna and emigrated to the U-S after the start of the Second World War .
She met and married Czech/Canadian opera singer Jan Rubes in 1950 and they moved to Toronto in 1959.
They were married for 59 years until his death in 2009.
Susan rubes founded Young People’s Theatre in 1965 and left in 1979 for the CBC where she eventually became the head of Radio Drama .
She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1975, recognizing “a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation” for her services to children’s theatre in Canada.
A memorial book will be available at YPT on Monday, Jan. 28th to Saturday, Feb. 2nd.