Director Nadia Ross Wins 2016 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
Director Nadia Ross has been named the 2016 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s most prestigious prize in Theatre. This year marks the 16th year of the Prize, which was celebrated at a ceremony earlier today in the Studio of the National Arts Centre, hosted by Daniel MacIvor and Geneviève Leclerc. As a part of the $100,000 prize, Ms Ross receives $75,000 and Sarah Conn and Shaista Latif, whom Ms Ross has chosen as her protégées, will share $25,000 between them.
This year, given the exceptionally high quality of nominations, the jury unanimously decided to expand their selection from four to five outstanding directors as finalists. Ms Ross was one of five talented directors on this year’s shortlist, which also included Jonathan Christenson, Ravi Jain, Christian Lapointe and Ross Manson.
“Despite an incredibly talented pool of finalists, the jury unanimously selected Nadia as the laureate,” said Jury Chair Bob White. “We felt the integrity of her work, her profound vision for the theatre, and her fierce spirit best reflected the aspirations of the Siminovitch Prize.”
Nadia Ross is the Founder and Artistic Director of STO Union, a company dedicated to the creation of New Performance and theatre works for the stage. Founded in 1992 in Toronto, STO Union has grown into a touring company, presenting original Canadian work at festivals in Canada and across four continents internationally. In 2005, she left Toronto to live in the Outaouais, the region in which she was born. Her work is characterized by immediacy and intimacy, with a focus on dramaturgy that is thoroughly researched and located within historical narratives of power and politics. She has always explored and pushed accepted boundaries and has been described as being “a forerunner of the international post-dramatic movement in Canada”. She is a recipient of a Chalmers Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award (ensemble artist) and Contra Guys Award.