Tony Lloyd was the first artistic director at Sudbury Theatre Centre (STC). He played a key role in establishing a successful professional theatre in the city.
Sonja Dunn, Carolyn Fouriezos, Bill Hart, Bob Remmant, Peg Roberts, Joe Skerry and George Bernie MacMillan are considered the founders of STC. They had the help of businessman Morey Spiegl. He was chair of the theatre board when STC was incorporated in September 1971.
Lloyd was with the theatre centre from 1972 to 1989. Back in the early days, STC productions were held in the old Inco Club on Frood Rd. Lloyd managed to stage the first production, The Little Hut, to an enthusiastic crowd of 93 people. He then staged seven more plays in the next seven months.
Lloyd was also a seasoned actor and often took on a role such as in the 1973 production of Staircase, and Deathtrap in 1980. The subscription base of the theatre grew rapidly and there was a need for a permanent home. In July 1981, the sod was turned on the new 287-seat theatre building, the current home of the STC.
The centre opened in September 1982, with a production of Oliver!
STC education director Judi Straughan fondly remembers Lloyd as a magnetic character who everyone liked. It was his welcoming personality that generated a dedicated following of theatre lovers, she said.
Lloyd moved to Grand Bend with his wife, Gabrielle, in 1989 and took part in theatre productions there. He died July 7, 1992 at the age of 63. Mark Schoenberg, Gordon McCall, Jim Guedo, George Pothitos and David Savoy have followed in Lloyd’s footsteps at STC.