Oct 07, 2014

By Bob Komsic

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Canada’s theatre community’s mourning the loss of one of its favourite directors.


Diane Nyland Proctor, who was probably best known to Zoomers as ”Tracy” in the early 70s Canadian TV show ”The Trouble with Tracy,” has passed away following a long illness.

She also spent over 50 years in theatre as a performer, dancer and director, choreographer.

Her professional career began as a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada when she was 16.

She originated the role of ”Josie Pye” in the first production of ”Anne of Green Gables” at the Charlottetown Festival in 1965.

A native of Charlottetown, she performed other roles at the Festival and travelled across the country with the cast of ”Spring Thaw,” a memorable satirical revue.

Diane Nyland Proctor was married to AM 740 host Frank Proctor for over 44 years.


She’s also survived by their two sons Kelly and Toby and six grandchildren.

Frank says her proudest achievement as a director was mentoring performers; giving many their first break and then watching their careers take off.

Many are now on the stages of Broadway and London’s West End.

There are plans for a memorial service in the next few weeks.

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