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Young, Ernest Vanderpoel

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Young, Ernest Vanderpoel

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1878-1955

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Ernest Young was born in Florence, Italy. Educated at Highbury House School, St. Leonards-on-Sea, England and King's College School, London, he trained in engineering. Following graduation, he became involved in amateur dramatic work at London's St. James' Theatre. Following his marriage in 1909, Young temporarily abandoned the theatre and England to resume his engineering career. Young and his wife came to Vancouver in 1911 to assume management of a North Shore iron foundry which produced munitions during World War I. During the war years, he sparked formation of the Vancouver Little Theatre Association, for which he produced and acted for 10 years. In 1936, Young produced Vancouver's first outdoor theatre production, which led to the establishment of Theatre Under the Stars in 1940. Young was artistic director, stage manager, and actor for TUTS for 15 years. Young also contributed to the UBC Musical Society's annual productions and advised the University's Player's Club.

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