She is often described as Canada’s First Lady of the Stage. Martha Henry was in fact born in the United States, but came to Canada in her 20’s. Born Martha Buhs in Detroit, Michigan, Henry studied acting at Carnegie Tech, in Pittsburgh, and at the National Theatre School, in Montreal. Henry moved to Stratford in 1962 and made her stage debut as Miranda in The Tempest. Under director John Hirsch, she starred in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, with director Robin Phillips, she gave a highly praised performance of Isabella in Measure for Measure. In 1980, she won her first Genie for her role as Antonia opposite Bruno Gerussi in the CBC series The Newcomers. She was also awarded several Gemini Awards for her roles in the TV series Mount Royal, Glory Enough For All and Emily of New Moon. As a director at Stratford, she gave her guidance to several plays including Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex, Of Mice and Men starring Graham Greene and The Three Sisters. In 1996, she was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Performing Arts. Martha Henry is now director of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, in Stratford, Ontario.
Ken Rockburn spoke to Martha Henry in downtown Stratford.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.