|Herman Arthur Voaden|
January 19, 1903|
|Died||June 27, 1991
|Notable awards||Order of Canada|
Born in London, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in 1923 and a Master of Arts degree in 1926 from Queen's University. He also studied at the University of Chicago and at Yale University.
His father, Dr. Arthur Voaden, pioneered vocational teaching in Ontario. His mother, Luisa Bale Voaden, was also a teacher. Voaden studied modern drama at Queen’s University, 1920–1923, and wrote his 1926 Queen’s M.A. thesis on Eugene O’Neill.
A member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, he ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the western Toronto riding of Trinity in the 1945 elections, 1949 elections, 1953 elections, and a 1954 by-election. He lost each time.
Voaden was a member of Toronto's Arts and Letters Club, the Dominion Drama Festival, and a founding member and first president of the Canadian Arts Council (which became the Canadian Conference of the Arts in 1958). As president of the CAC, he was one of several Canadian representatives to the first UNESCO conference, held in Paris in 1946.
In 1974, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor, "in recognition of his contribution to the performing arts as a playwright, producer and teacher, and his services in fostering support for all the arts and crafts". He was made a Fellow in the Royal Society of Arts in 1970.
- The White Kingdom - 1928
- Northern Storm - 1929
- Northern Song - 1930
- Western Wolf - 1930
- Fragment - 1931
- Wilderness - 1931
- Earth Song - 1932
- Rocks - 1932
- Hill-Land - 1934
- Murder Pattern - 1936
- Ascend As the Sun - 1942
- Libretto for the opera, The Prodigal Son (music by Frederick Jacobi) - debuted 1945
- Herman Arthur Voaden at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
- Herman Voaden at The Literary Encyclopedia.
- Herman Voaden at the Encyclopedia of Canadian Theatre.
- "Herman Arthur Voaden fonds". York University. Retrieved June 1, 2006.
- Order of Canada citation
- "Workshops focus on two winning plays". Kingston Whig-Standard, August 16, 1997.