Tom Hendry was born in Winnipeg in 1929 where he founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1958. He was the first literary manager at the Stratford Festival in 1969 and 1970. In 1971 he co-founded the Playwrights Co-Op, now the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He also served as co-founder and head of the Banff Playwrights Colony from 1974 to 1976 and since 1985 has been a consulting policy director for the Ontario Arts Council. His play, Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass (1975) won a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Medal. Tom Hendry lived in Toronto for over 25 years. He passed away in 2012.