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News: 2012 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre May Be Last

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News: 2012 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre May Be Last

The Siminovitch Prize in Theatre will be no more after 2012 according to reports from the Globe and Mail and Straight.com

The reports are based on a paragraph included in the 2012 Siminovitch Prize Call for Nominations: 

This year also marks the final year for the Siminovitch Prize. “The Founders are proud of what the Prize has achieved and are pleased to have played a role in honouring the significant contributions made by Elinore and Lou Siminovitch to Canadian society, in a way that would reflect their mutual life-long love for the arts and, in particular the theatre,” said Joseph Rotman, Chair of the Canada Council and one of the Founders of the Siminovitch Prize.

According to Straight.com, a member of Joseph Rotman’s staff said the prize was being cancelled due to lack of funding. No official reason has been given for the prize’s cancellation.

The $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre is one of Canada’s most prestigious Arts prizes. The recipient is awarded $75,000 and must choose a protégé to award the remaining $25,000. It is an annual award but with a rotating focus on recognizing directors, designers and playwrights.

This year the Siminovitch Prize will be presented  to a professional theatre designer.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 8, 2012. Click here to access the nomination form. A short list will be announced in September, and the recipient and their protégé will be announced at the ceremony in November.

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