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Robin Phillips's creative vision, passion, and discipline have inspired a generation of Canadian actors, designers and directors. As artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival from 1975 to 1980, he revitalized the organization, directing 35 productions featuring such notable actors as Martha Henry, William Hutt, Brian Bedford, Maggie Smith, Jessica Tandy and Colm Feore. He was subsequently artistic director of The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario (1983-84) and director general of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre (1990-95). In the words of the late Stratford actor William Hutt: "Through his directorial and teaching skills, through the sharpness and clarity of his perceptions, and through his innate gift of mentorship, Robin Phillips has made countless number of actors in our country better at their craft, surer of foot, and bolder in execution. He has enriched and prolonged faltering careers while encouraging the established to re-think, move beyond complacency, and take more daring chances."