Fonds - Mark Porteous fonds

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Mark Porteous fonds

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3 cm of textual material + 3 photographs

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(1952 - 1996)

Biographical history

Mark Porteous was born in Montreal on June 1, 1952 and studied arts administration at Ryerson Polytechnic. He served as the administrative assistant at the Shaw Festival and the assistant company manager at the National Ballet of Canada before becoming the company manager of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1978. He resigned in June of 1979, but returned to the same position the following year. During this time, he also was involved with Expo 86 and the Jacques Brel tour in Vancouver, as well as Alberta 75th Anniversary Festival of the Arts. His position changed to Tour Director in 1988. He co-founded the Winnipeg Cares Aids Benefit in 1991. He became assistant general manager in 1987 and joint general manager in 1992, but retired in 1993. In 1994, he won the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring. After his retirement, he moved to Vancouver, and his involvement with AIDS fundraising and awareness led to the library at the Weeks House in Vancouver to be renamed the Mark Porteous Library. He passed away October 18, 1996 in Vancouver.

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The records of Mark Porteous came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of several transfers of records from the RWB.

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The Mark Porteous fonds includes the following series: photographs (1981-1984); records of the company manager (1982-1986); records of the Performing Arts Tours Management Seminar (1978); newspaper articles (1979- 1995); records of the Tour Director (1986-1987); biographical information [1987-1992]; retirement (1993); obituary/memorial (1996).

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