George Ignatieff was the Provost of Trinity College from 1972 to 1978. The theatre is named in his honour. In 1984, he received the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association in Canada. The Pearson Peace Medal recognizes, in Lester B. Pearson’s name, Canadians who, through voluntary work or other efforts, have contributed to those causes for which Lester Pearson stood: aid to the developing world, mediation between those confronting one another with arms, succor to refugees and others in need, and peaceful change through world law and world organizations.
Construction of the theatre was completed in 1979 and the theatre opened on 12 November. Since then, the theatre has hosted lectures, conferences, music, dance and theatre events created by members of the Trinity College community, the U of T community, Greater Toronto and beyond. In 1999, thanks to the financial support of students, alumni, and the College Corporation, the theatre systems were renewed, the lobby was expanded, and the physical plant was refreshed. In 2008, further renewal of the theatre has doubled the capability of the lighting for performances. In 2010, the Theatre received a generous grant from the student’s capital campaign and was able to undergo an extensive upgrade of our lighting and sound systems.