Playhouse Theatre says goodbye to Colin Campbell

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      Former Vancouver Playhouse production manager Colin Campbell died June 25 after a long battle with cancer.

      A major behind-the-scenes figure in Western Canadian theatre for the past 30 years, he had only retired from his position at the company last month. He stepped down after helping pull off an ambitious year at the Playhouse, including the multimedia Cultural Olympiad offering Beyond Eden.

      Over his 11 years at the Playhouse, Campbell started out as technical director and then became production manager. Before that, he worked at Richmond's Gateway Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, among others.

      In a press statement, longtime colleague Harry Hertscheg praised Cambpell: "I've never met someone so craetive at practical solutions," he said. "Colin's leadership inspired such loyalty in the people around him that letting him down was never an option."

      The Playhouse has not yet announced a date for a celebration of Campbell's Life.