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Memorable Manitobans: Taras Robert “Ted” Korol (1918-1998)

Educator, theatrical designer.

Born in East Kildonan in 1918, he received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and taught at Oakburn School (1939-1941), Knowles School (1942-1943, Principal), and Faraday School (1949-1957) before moving to Sisler High School (1957-1969) where he specialized in art, social studies, and drama. He retired from teaching in 1983. He became involved with the theatre at an early age and began designing sets and costumes for local productions in the early 1940s. He worked for all Winnipeg theatrical groups, including John Hirsch’s Manitoba Theatre Centre, and he designed costumes for Rainbow Stage since its inception. In 1970, he was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. In 1995, the Korol Studio at the renovated Pantages Playhouse Theatre was named for him and his wife, Daphne Margaret Stanley-Harris. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 1 May 1998.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1998, page 36.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 February 2016

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