Wednesday, 7 December 2011
The following is a message from the Edmonton Arts Council:
Frank and Mary Glenfield were two of the founding members of Walterdale
Theatre Associates, then known simply as Theatre Associates. Their
involvement with Walterdale embraces the entire 53 year life of the company,
from 1958 to 2011. Frank has the distinction of being the individual who has
directed more plays at Walterdale than any one else, and at all three versions of
Walterdale Playhouse. He was also an actor of distinction, a past-President,
Artistic Director and Board member, and a tireless and faithful volunteer for any
task that came along. Frank Glenfield died Saturday, December 3, 2011.
It is very difficult to imagine Walterdale without Frank; his generosity to new
actors, directors and technical crew is very well known. His encyclopaedic
knowledge of theatre and theatre people was an invaluable resource to
Edmonton’s theatre community. Walterdale was founded in the hopes that it
would afford all who were interested an opportunity to be involved in theatre.
Frank never failed to live up to that ideal, constantly welcoming new people to the
Walterdale community, encouraging them, and invariably assisting them in
finding the right part, or job, or activity for their individual talents.
It is also difficult to imagine Edmonton and Alberta’s theatre community without
Frank. He was a director and actor in countless productions, as well as an
administrator, manager or board member, beginning in Calgary in the 1940s and,
besides Walterdale, including Studio Theatre, Theatre Three, and Northern Light
Theatre in Edmonton. He represented the theatre community on countless task
groups and at numberless meetings. Frank‘s last play was as director of Emily
and Victoria, Growing Up Together at the 2011 Edmonton International Fringe
The Walterdale family will miss Frank, his knowledge, and his entirely genuine
and so generously shared love for all things “theatre”. To Mary, David and Jane,
we offer you our heartfelt condolences, and our great gratitude in knowing this
true gentleman of the theatre.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1:00
p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, 11733-87 Avenue.