Michael J. Sidnell is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and past director of the Centre (1978-80). He has published and lectured extensively on Irish drama and poetry, as well as on drama and theatre theory, and has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Canadian Forum and Modern Drama. His books include Dances of Death: The Group Theatre of London in the Thirties (1984) and a multi-volume Sources of Dramatic Theory, among other distinguished publications. He has also acted in or directed many stage productions at the Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto and elsewhere. He is recipient of the 2018 Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (CATR/ACRT) Lifetime Achievement Award.