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News (National): 2018 Siminovitch Prize Winner Announced

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News (National): 2018 Siminovitch Prize Winner Announced

 

Designer Stéphanie Jasmin been named the winner of the 2018 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. (National Arts Centre/Canadian Press)

 
CBC News | November 6, 2018
 
Quebec video artist and set designer Stéphanie Jasmin has won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
 
The co-artistic director of Montreal’s UBU creative company was praised by the jury for “beautiful and highly original visions.”
 
The 38-year-old gets $75,000 and the right to choose a protégé to receive $25,000. Jasmin chose emerging set designer Max-Otto Fauteux, with whom she has collaborated on past UBU productions.
 
Celebrated playwright and novelist Tomson Highway hosted an awards ceremony Monday at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
 
Canada’s most prestigious theatre prize rotates on a three-year cycle to celebrate a director, playwright or designer whose work is considered “transformative and influential.”
 
Other finalists included Montreal-based sound designer and musician Alexander MacSween; Toronto-based designer Camellia Koo, who has worked in theatre, opera and dance; and Itai Erdal, the artistic director of the Vancouver’s Elbow Theatre and an award-winning lighting designer, writer and performer. They each receive $5,000.
 
Jasmin said she was grateful to be in such auspicious company and said the lucrative award will give her “wings to continue and to go further and further.”
 
“It’s rare to have that kind of prize for mid-career recognition,” Jasmin said by phone Monday as she arrived in Ottawa by train for the gala.
 
“Normally, a big prize like this would be for lifetime achievement and I found that it’s so right to [be awarded] when things begin to be interesting and you have more and more work and you experiment more and more. It’s a very beautiful time to have some encouragement.”
 
Jasmin said she may use the prize money to realize a longtime dream to visit Japan, hoping it could inspire future multimedia works.
 
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