Calgary’s artistic community is mourning the loss of a theatre visionary.
Michael Green, co-founder of One Yellow Rabbit (OYR), was one of five people killed in a multi-vehicle highway accident in Saskatchewan on Tuesday morning, CBC News in Regina is reporting.
Two cars and a truck were involved in the crash on Highway 6 about 15 kilometres north of Regina at about 10 a.m. CST, RCMP said.
In 1982 Green co-founded OYR, which grew to become one of the city’s most innovative and important theatre companies.
He was also the curator and driving force behind the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s annual multi-theatre festival of the arts.
Two well-known Saskatchewan artists — Michele Sereda and Lacy Morin-Desjarlais — were also killed in the crash.
Morin-Desjarlais taught a pow-wow class at University of Regina and was involved in dance and indigenous arts in the First Nations Community. Sereda was the artistic director of Curtain Razors Theatre and involved in that city's arts community for decades.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation but police said there was blowing and drifting snow on the highway.
Green’s friends and colleagues in the arts community took to social media Wednesday to pay tribute to him.