It is with a great sense of loss and sadness that Theatre Wakefield announces the passing of one of its founders, Robert Rooney.
To say that Robert was a driving force these past fourteen years is a profound understatement. Indeed, the team of Robert and Brenda Rooney have created a legacy of professionalism, insight, and leadership within our organisation and have been key figures in helping us evolve and grow within the village of Wakefield and throughout western Quebec.
Robert directed many of our main stage productions, including A Splash Quite Unnoticed, Dream Walker, and The Wakefield Trilogy that first brought us together as a group. He wrote the version of A Christmas Carol that audiences enjoy each year. And he mentored local playwrights and actors from around the region.
Robert brought to Theatre Wakefield his love of film making. He and his wife began the annual, and celebrated, Wakefield International Film Festival providing local audiences with thoughtful movies followed by insightful and expert guest speakers. Robert and Brenda also began the very popular Summer Film Camp which gave voice to the creativity blossoming within our hills.
Theatre Wakefield extends its love and condolences to Robert’s family and friends and stand by them during this difficult time. We have lost a leader, a mentor, a friend and a driving force in our community. He leaves behind a legacy of commitment to art, to collaboration, and to community. While we mourn his loss, Theatre Wakefield will be forever grateful to have counted him as part of our family.