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Call for Nominations (National): 2016 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre – Siminovitch Prize & National Arts Centre

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Call for Nominations (National): 2016 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre – Siminovitch Prize & National Arts Centre

Siminovitch Prize

Championing the work of the best and brightest directors in the country!

“The Siminovitch Prize is the most distinguished honour in Canadian theatre. We look forward to receiving nominations championing the work of the best and brightest directors working in the country today,” said Jury Chair Bob White.

The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent. The recipient receives $75,000 and, in turn, chooses a protégé to receive $25,000.

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Eligibility: Nominations are welcome for stage directors who, through their body of work, have made a significant creative contribution to noteworthy theatre projects in Canada, and who are continuing to create work that demonstrates innovation and excellence.  Nominees must have at least ten years’ experience as professional directors and should be continuing to make substantial achievements in their work.

Nominees will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft, vision, technique, interests and/or collaborations.

In addition, the jury will consider the following aspects of the artist’s work: originality, sense of evolution, growing maturity, continuing experimentation, impact upon audiences, and influence upon younger artists.

Artists are eligible whose work is performed in either English or French in the not-for-profit or commercial theatre sector in Canada.  Issues regarding the eligibility of nominees are decided at the sole discretion of the jury.

Full-time employees and board trustees of the National Arts Centre are not eligible to be awarded the Siminovitch Prize, in any year during which they are actively serving the National Arts Centre.

Nomination Procedure: Self-nominations will not be considered. Completed nominations should be submitted electronically by Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here for the nomination form.  Additional questions can be directed to

Selection: A national jury of distinguished members of the Canadian theatre community is chosen annually to select the Siminovitch Prize recipient. The Jury Chair leads the selection of the jury and presides over the deliberations.

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