Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Progressive Artist Award – Mile Zero Dance

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The MZD Progressive Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways. Award recipients will be chosen by a local panel of adjudicators.

The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize, announced at the MZD REELING: Dance on Screen Festival, May 14-28 2021. This biennial award is made possible by a gift from private donors in celebration of Mile Zero Dance’s 30th anniversary.

Guidelines for Eligibility

Artists of all ages, communities, cultural backgrounds, and artistic discipline and approaches are encouraged to apply.

Recipients for this award must:

  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year)
  • Be involved in the Edmonton Arts Community in a professional capacity and have a body of work (in any discipline) that displays innovative, progressive, or political intent and/or results. Areas of focus may include: community health, social equity or change, colonialism/reconciliation, dis/ability, accessibility, race, gender, sexuality, and environmental or educational issues

Evaluation Criteria

Each nomination submission is evaluated based on the nominee’s:

  • Body of work;
  • Engagement with broader ideas, theories, politics, and aesthetic issues relevant to the Edmonton region; and
  • Impact of work, artistically and aesthetically, and within their community and Edmonton’s art ecology.

Deadline to submit a nomination is May 1 at 5 PM MST

How to Nominate

Apply with a one-page letter that identifies how the artist has engaged with larger issues, including specific examples of how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, and a list of recent works. Self nominations require two references.

Apply to [email protected].
Direct questions to Tyler Sherard at [email protected] or 780.424.1573

Call for Submissions (Alberta): The 2021 Distinguished Artist Awards

NOMINATE A DISTINGUISHED ARTIST

Nominate an outstanding Alberta artist for the 2021 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards. Nominations are open until February 21, 2021. The awards will take place in Lac la Biche on June 12, 2021.

To prepare for the nomination:

  • Ensure the nominee is a Canadian citizen, lives in Alberta, or has had a significant connection to Alberta over time.
  • Speak to your nominee, let them know you will be nominating them, ask for a current CV and have them complete and sign the Nominee Information Release and Consent Form. When completed, have your nominee return the signed form to you, the nominator. This is one of the required documents you will include with your Distinguished Artist Award Nomination.
  • Write a document of no more than three pages, single spaced, explaining why this nominee merits Alberta’s top recognition for artistic achievement. Include highlights of the nominee’s artistic achievements and/or their contribution to advancing their artistic discipline. If the nominee does not currently reside in Alberta, clearly outline their connection to Alberta and their contribution to growing our province’s arts and culture.
  • Complete all the fields of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award 2021 Nomination.
  • Contact [email protected] with any questions regarding the Distinguished Artist Award 2021 nomination process.

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News (National): Tara Beagan Named 2020 Laureate of the Siminovitch Prize

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Ntlaka’pamux playwright Tara Beagan has been named the 2020 laureate of the Siminovitch Prize, the largest and most prestigious theatre prize in Canada. Ms. Beagan will receive $75,000, and $25,000 will go to her selected protégée, Joelle Peters.

Ms. Beagan, who is based in Mohkinstis (Calgary), is proud to be Ntlaka’pamux and, through her late father’s side, of Irish ancestry. She is now Playwright In Residence at Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg). Seven of her 32 plays have been published, two of which received Dora Award nominations (one win). In 2020, her play Honour Beat won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama.

“Every Indigenous theatre maker to this point has created this moment, just by doing the hard work of existing,” said Ms Beagan. “Young Indigenous makers, you are the culmination of all your ancestors. Hold strong, check in with the earth and sky and remember that so many are walking with you.”
 
The 2020 Siminovitch Prize Foundation jury of peers was comprised of Chair Vanessa Porteous (Calgary), Jessica Carmichael (Montreal), Julie McIsaac (Toronto/British Columbia), Olivier Sylvestre (Montreal) and Donald Woo (Toronto).
 
“Tara Beagan’s nominator, Michelle Thrush, aptly describes her as ‘a word lover and a carrier of stories,’’ said Jury Chair Vanessa Porteous. “Beagan herself sees theatre as ‘sacred work.’ During jury deliberations, there was palpable excitement in the room whenever Beagan’s work came up. It hits you in your heart and in your body. The jury identified in her writing a quality of being both sublime and unbearable. Beagan is carving out a place. No other writer on this territory proposes this kind of material for our consideration, material so rich in character, story, emotion, humour, violence, humanity, compassion, complexity, and righteous fury. Her vision is uncompromising, her voice is necessary, her trajectory embodies the deepest values of the Siminovitch Prize. This is quite simply excellent, searing, unforgettable theatre of the highest calibre.”
 
“My daughters and I are delighted to see the 2020 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre awarded to Tara Beagan,” said Dr. Lou Siminovitch, who celebrated his 100th birthday in May. “This Prize was created 20 years ago in part to honour my late wife Elinore, a pioneering playwright whose work focused on social justice and political repression. As a feminist who struggled to have her voice heard, I believe Elinore would have loved the bold and brave nature of Tara’s work and especially her brilliance in making voices that otherwise might not be heard resound across the stages of our nation.”
 
The Siminovitch Prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent through the $25,000 Protégé Prize. Ms. Beagan has selected Joelle Peters, a Toronto-based Anishinaabe and Miami performer/playwright, as her protégée. Ms. Peters is currently part of the Animikiig Creator’s Unit at Native Earth Performing Arts, writing a full length coming-of-age play called Niish (mentored by Falen Johnson). She also co-wrote Frozen River with Michaela Washburn and Carrie Costello, which is set to premiere at Manitoba Theatre for Young People in the spring of 2021.
 
“It’s a good feeling when someone you look up to says ‘I see you and the work you’re doing, keep going,’” said Ms. Peters. “Being selected as Tara’s protégée is an incredible encouragement and I look forward to seeing where my life as a storyteller takes me next.”
 
The announcement took place during the Prize’s 20th anniversary, virtual ceremony on November 26, an event that drew together the Canadian theatre community and theatre lovers from across the country. The ceremony also celebrated each of the exceptional shortlisted playwrights, who included Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver), Martin Bellemare (Montreal), Karen Hines (Calgary/Toronto), and Annick Lefebvre (Montreal).
 
“We congratulate Tara Beagan on receiving the Siminovitch Prize in honour of her extraordinary body of work,” said NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon. “We also recognize all of the other exceptional playwrights on the shortlist this year – Carmen Aguirre, Martin Bellemare, Karen Hines and Annick Lefebvre – all of whom represent the very best in excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre.”
 

ABOUT TARA BEAGAN

Tara Beagan is proud to be Ntlaka’pamux and, through her late father’s side, of Irish ancestry. She is cofounder/director of ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro. Beagan served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from Feb 2011 to Dec 2013. During her time, NEPA continued with traditional values for guidance, had an Elder in Residence, and named and moved into the Aki Studio. Beagan has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre, NEPA, the National Arts Centre and Berton House (Dawson City, Yukon). She is now Playwright In Residence at Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg). Seven of her 32 plays are published. Two plays have received Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, Miss Julie: Sheh’mah and winning Outstanding New Play in 2005 for Thy Neighbour’s Wife. In 2018, Beagan was a finalist in the Alberta Playwrights’ Network competition. In 2020, Honour Beat won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. ARTICLE 11 has worked across Turtle Island, in Aotearoa, Australia and Scotland, and is grateful to be based in Mohkintsis (Calgary, AB)
 

ABOUT JOELLE PETERS

Joelle Peters is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe & Miami performer/playwright. She is from Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Territory in Southwestern Ontario and moved to Toronto to study Acting for Camera and Voice at Seneca College. Joelle loves the stage and screen and would like to continue living in both worlds. Joelle has performed across Canada at festivals and theatres such as Western Canada Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Factory Theatre, Summerworks Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, and has toured across ON and BC. Joelle loves exploring new works and ways to engage with storytelling and is developing an interest in directing and dramaturgy. Currently, she is part of the Animikiig Creator’s Unit at Native Earth Performing Arts, writing a full length coming-of-age play called Niish (mentored by Falen Johnson). She also co-wrote Frozen River with Michaela Washburn and Carrie Costello, which is set to premiere at Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Spring 2021.
 
 

Event (National): 2020 Siminovitch Prize

Siminovitch Prize - Thursday, November 26, 7:00pm EST

Join the celebration of Canadian theatre innovation and find out who will win the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize.
 
Joignez-vous à nous pour une célébration de l’excellence et de l’innovation en théâtre canadien et découvrez qui va remporter le prix Siminovitch de 100 000 dollars.
 
This year’s shortlist features five exceptional playwrights:
Cette année, la liste des finalistes comprend cinq dramaturges exceptionnels:
Image of Carmen Aguirre, Tara Beagan, Martin Bellmare, Karen Hines, and Annick Lefebvre
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020, 7:00 pm EST
Featuring Antonine Maillet, Ravi Jain, Mani Soleymanlou, Vanessa Porteous, and more.
 
JEUDI 26 NOVEMBRE 2020, 19 hres HNE
Avec Antonine Maillet, Ravi Jain, Mani Soleymanlou, Vanessa Porteous et bien d’autres.
 
 
 
We hope that you will join theatre-makers and theatre lovers from across Canada for this special 20th anniversary virtual celebration.
 
Nous espérons que vous vous joindrez aux créateurs et aux amateurs de théâtre de tout le Canada pour cette célébration virtuelle du 20ème anniversaire.
 

About the Prize

Over a three-year cycle, the Siminovitch Prize celebrates a professional mid-career director, playwright, or designer who is acknowledged as a leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize Foundation thanks the generous donors who make this possible. 
 

À propos du prix

Sur un cycle de trois ans, le prix Siminovitch récompense un metteur en scène, dramaturge ou concepteur professionnel en milieu de carrière, reconnu comme tête de file en théâtre et dont le travail est transformateur et influent. La Fondation du Prix Siminovitch remercie les généreux donateurs qui rendent ce prix possible.
 

News (National): 2020 Tom Hendry Award Winners Announced

 

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The winners of the Robert Beardsley Award, RBC Emerging Playwright Award, Sharon Enkin Theatre for Young Audiences Award, Playwrights Guild Comedy and Musical Awards, Carol Bolt Award, and Bra D’Or Award were announced at the Tom Hendry Awards online ceremony in partnership with The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
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The Robert Beardsley Award Winner – Audrey Krieger-Pottruff

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation gives an annual award to an emerging playwright under 25 who lives in the GTA and is pursuing a postsecondary education. The Robert Beardsley Award was granted to Audrey Krieger-Pottruff for Tragedy: A Comedy. This award was sponsored and presented by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation and administered by Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Jury: Yolanda Bonnell (Chair), Julia Lederer, and Myekah Payne.
 

The Bra d’Or Award Winner – Marjorie Chan

The Bra d’Or Award (BDA) recognizes an individual for his/her/their efforts in supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights. Recipients are nominated by PGC’s Women’s Caucus members, but the entirety of PGC’s membership votes on the winner. This year, Marjorie Chan, playwright and Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille, was chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Bra d’Or Award. The BDA is sponsored by PGC’s Women’s Caucus, Playwrights Canada Press, and Scirocco Drama.
 

RBC Emerging Playwright Award Winner – Makram Ayache

Presented for best play by a PGC member who is an emerging playwright, the 2020 RBC Emerging Playwright Award was given to Makram Ayache for Harun. Second place was awarded to Megs Calleja for Twentysomething and third place to Gabe Maharjan for Eva in Rio. The RBC Emerging Playwright Award is sponsored by The RBC Emerging Artists Fund.
Jury: Muriel Hogue (Chair), Warona Setshwaelo, and Yvonne Wallace.
 

Sharon Enkin Theatre for Young Audiences Award Winner – Josh MacDonald

Presented to a PGC member for best new play intended for young audiences, the 2020 Sharon Enkin Theatre for Young Audiences Award was presented to Josh MacDonald for #I am the Cheese. Funding for the Sharon Enkin Theatre for Young Audiences Award was made possible by a generous donation from the Enkin Family.
Jury: Pablo Felices-Luna (Chair), Maggie Mercredi, and David Woods.
 

Playwrights Guild Comedy Award Winner – Paul Van Dyke

Presented annually to a PGC member for best new comedy, the 2020 Comedy Award was bestowed upon Paul Van Dyck for Siberian Summer. This year, the Comedy Award was sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Jury: Jeff Pitcher (Chair), Rachel Peake, and Brie Watson.
 

Playwrights Guild Musical Award Winner – Sara Farb & Britta Johnson

Presented annually to a PGC member for best new musical, the 2020 Musical Award was given to Sara Farb and Britta Johnson for Kelly v. Kelly. The Musical Award was sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada this year.
Jury: Daniel Maté (Chair), Deanna Choi, and Farren Timoteo.
 

Carol Bolt Award Winner – Keith Barker

Presented for the best premiere production by a PGC member in the past year, the 2020 Carol Bolt Award was bestowed on Keith Barker for This is How We Got Here. The Carol Bolt Award is sponsored by Alberta Playwrights’ Network, Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP), Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), Playwrights Canada Press, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Playwrights Theatre Centre. 
Jury: Eda Holmes (Chair), Jennifer Dawn Bishop, and Jennifer Deon.
 
To read a full press release with synopses of the plays and short biographies of the playwrights, please Click Here.
 

News (National): The CASA Award Announces 2020 Winner

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The CASA Award is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2020 playwriting award is writer, theatre-maker and educator Genna Gardini of Cape Town, South Africa. The Jury, consisting of South Africans – educator and voice-body guide/sonic dramaturg Lieketso Mohoto, and writer/adaptor/director/ theatre-maker Janice L. Honeyman – and Canadian actor/playwright/librettist/ dramaturg Marcia Johnson worked with Canadian Chair and writer/educator/theatre-maker Sally Stubbs. They had this to say about the winner:

We find Genna to be a writer with a strong and intelligent voice, the ability to create multi-faceted and intriguing characters and situations and to bring humour as well as poignancy to an intense and personal drama. Genna’s play, MANY SCARS, is a fantastical semi-autobiographical play about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system that disrupts the relationship between the body and the brain. This sophisticated and brave piece is well underway. It will be thrilling to see Genna complete it with the help of the CASA mentorship.

Genna will receive financial support ($5000 CAD) giving her time to write. She will be partnered with two senior mentors: a Canadian dramaturge and a South African director; and will receive a small collection of Canadian plays, generously donated by Playwrights Canada Press and Scirocco Drama.

Now in its fourth year, CASA is thrilled once again with the excellence of this year’s applications.

The Jury noted: “Special recognition must be given to finalists Campbell-Jessica Meas, Nwabisa Plaatjie and Napo Masheane. Their work stood out the among submissions. We also wish to celebrate Daisy ‘Dmapz’ Maphathe and Sanelisiwe Yekani, whose applications received honourable mention. We note that South African womxn playwrights continue to bravely engage with challenging and personal subject matter.”

Genna Gardini Bio

Genna is a writer, theatre-maker and educator. The South African playwright has an MA in Theatre-Making from the University of Cape Town and is currently a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London. In 2013, she was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by The Mail & Guardian. Genna co-founded the queer theatre company Horses’ Heads productions with Gary Hartley. Her plays WinterSweet (2012) and Scrape (2013) won Standard Bank Ovation awards. Genna’s poetry collection, Matric Rage, received a commendation for the Ingrid Jonker Prize. She was a 2016 National Fellow at the Institute for Creative Arts, working on a project about Multiple Sclerosis and creative writing.

About CASA

CASA is a Canadian and South African partnership. In 2015, Beverley Cooper, Marcia Johnson, Sally Stubbs and Colleen Wagner were part of the Canadian delegation that attended the Women Playwrights International (WPI) Conference in Cape Town, and during this time formed a partnership with Amy Jephta, then President of WPI, in order to find funding opportunities for South African women. We invite all people of marginalized genders to apply.

CASA is a partnership between The Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Women’s Caucus and The African Women Playwrights Network. The Canadian committee consists of Beverley Cooper, Cheryl Foggo, Marcia Johnson, Natalie Meisner, Sally Stubbs, Colleen Wagner and Deborah Williams, with PGC advisors Rebecca Burton (Membership Manager) and Robin Sokoloski (Outgoing Executive Director). South African partnering organizations are Theatre Arts in Cape Town and The Outreach Foundation in Johannesburg.

Announcement (National): The 2020 Siminovitch Prize Short List

 

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The Siminovitch Prize Foundation has announced the shortlist for this year’s Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious theatre award in Canada. The jury has selected five outstanding playwrights as finalists for the esteemed theatre prize, now celebrating its 20th year of honouring excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre.
 
The Siminovitch Prize Foundation is proud to introduce this year’s shortlist: Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver), Tara Beagan (Mohkintsis/Calgary), Martin Bellemare (Montreal), Karen Hines (Calgary/Toronto), and Annick Lefebvre (Montreal).
 
Fierce. That’s the word that springs to mind when I think about these five outstanding playwrights,” said Siminovitch Prize Foundation Jury Chair Vanessa Porteous. “They are each driven by an unstoppable force. A battle with injustice, a need to say what no one else has said before. An inescapable artistic vision, a use of language that both burns and heals. A life-long compulsion to experiment, to push against the rules. Regardless of what drives them, these artists stand alone. And yet, each of these five artists is also renowned for opening their arms, so generously, to upcoming voices. They are known for providing encouragement, mentorship, inspiration, even shelter. Deeply rooted in their craft as playwrights, these artists are leaders in their communities, and their influence is felt in multiple dimensions, both deep and wide. When their work meets an audience, it is unforgettable. A thrilling list.
 

Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver)

Carmen Aguirre is an award-winning theatre artist and author who has written and co-written more than 25 plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Refugee Hotel, The Trigger, Blue Box, Broken Tailbone, and Anywhere But Here, as well as the international bestseller and #1 in Canada, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (winner of CBC Canada Reads 2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. Carmen is currently writing an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, and Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory Theatre. She is a Core Artist at Electric Company Theatre and a co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC). She has more than 80 film, TV, and stage acting credits, including her award-winning lead role in the Canadian premiere of Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Motherfucker with the Hat, and her Leo-nominated lead performance in the independent feature film Bella Ciao!. She is a graduate of Studio 58.
 

Tara Beagan (Mohkintsis/Calgary)

Tara Beagan is proud to be Ntlaka’pamux and, through her late father’s side, of Irish ancestry. She is cofounder/director of ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro. Beagan served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. During her time, NEPA continued with traditional values for guidance, had an Elder in Residence, and named and moved into the Aki Studio. Beagan has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre (Toronto), NEPA (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Berton House (Dawson City, Yukon). She is now Playwright In Residence at Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg). Seven of her 28 plays are published. Two plays have received Dora Award nominations (one win). In 2018, Beagan was a finalist in the Alberta Playwrights’ Network competition. In 2020, Honour Beat won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Recent premieres include Deer Woman in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Honour Beat opening the 2018/19 season at Theatre Calgary, The Ministry of Grace at Belfry Theatre in Victoria, and Super in [email protected] with Boca Del Lupo (Vancouver).
 

Martin Bellemare (Montreal)

A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s writing program, Martin Bellemare was awarded the 2009 Gratien Gélinas Prize for Le Chant de Georges Boivin. La Liberté was presented at La Rubrique (Jonquière) in 2013 and in Montreal in 2015, and was scheduled to be staged in Ottawa in 2020. Maître Karim la perdrix (2018 Prix SACD de la dramaturgie francophone, awarded by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) will premiere at the Théâtre des Capucins in Luxembourg in 2021. Moule Robert (CNL Scholarship, shortlisted for the 2017 Prix SACD de la dramaturgie francophone and the 2018 Michel Tremblay Prize) was produced simultaneously at La Rubrique and at the POCHE/ GVE in Geneva, then at the Théâtre de Belleville in Paris. Martin is a four-time recipient of the Aide à la création grant from the Centre national du Théâtre/ARTCENA in Paris, and two of his plays are included in the repertoire of the Comédie-Française. Two of his plays for young audiences, Un château sur le dosand Des pieds et des mains, which was first produced at the NAC, have toured in Canada and internationally. In 2019, Extraordinaire et mystérieux and Charlie et le djingpouite were produced, and Cœur minéral premiered at the Francophonies in Limoges. The latter play was scheduled for a Montreal production in 2020.
 

Karen Hines (Calgary/Toronto)

Karen Hines’s lush satires have traveled the globe: from Toronto to Kuala Lumpur, her plays and ‘little films’ have won critical acclaim, charmed and horrified her audiences, and cemented her reputation as “one of the most original artists in the city” (Toronto Life), and “one of the gems of Canadian theatre” (Toronto Star). Raised by scientists, Hines’ keen musings on modern life combine such disparate elements as magical realism, pink-brand feminism, real estate and climate change. She is the author of seven award-winning plays, all published by Coach House Books, and she has twice been finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, for her Drama: Pilot Episode and for her trilogy of Pochsy Plays. Hines has collaborated on the development of many new productions by other artists, and she is the long-time director of internationally beloved adult horror clowns Mump & Smoot. Recent projects include her micro-theatrical solo Crawlspace, and All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, which was to have had its Toronto premiere just as the pandemic came. Currently, she is creating new plays, including the fourth in the Pochsy series. Her singular style, informed by an alchemy of clown and bouffon, has won her a reputation as an auteur and a conduit of biting, hilarious, provocative entertainment.
 

Annick Lefebvre (Montreal)

Annick Lefebvre holds a degree in playwriting and theatre critique from UQAM (2004). She is the founder of Le Crachoir, a company dedicated to placing the author, female or not, at the centre of the creation-production-performance process. She has written several plays, including Ce samedi il pleuvait (shortlisted for the 2013 Michel-Tremblay Award); La machine à révolte (shortlisted for the 2015 Louise-LaHaie Award); J’accuse (shortlisted for the 2015 Michel-Tremblay Award, the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award from the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre [AQCT]  and the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award); Les barbelés (shortlisted for the 2019 Critics’ Choice Award from the AQCT); ColoniséEs (winner of the 2019 Michel-Tremblay Award and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award); and several short scripts for collective events. She adapted J’accuse twice, once for a production in Belgium, and once for a French production. Annick Lefebvre was chosen as protégée by playwright Olivier Choinière, laureate of the 2014 Siminovitch Prize. Her plays are published by Dramaturges Éditeurs.
 

SIMINOVITCH PRIZE FOUNDATION JURY

The 2020 Siminovitch Prize Foundation jury was comprised of Chair Vanessa Porteous (Calgary), Jessica Carmichael (Montreal), Julie McIsaac (Toronto/British Columbia), Olivier Sylvestre (Montreal) and Donald Woo (Toronto).
 
The jury noted: “The nominees were so extraordinary and numerous this year, and of such range and variety, that we selected five nominees instead of the usual four. The hugely competitive slate of nominees is evidence of the immeasurable creative power and thrilling range of artists in the contemporary Canadian theatre. Currently, the work of these playwrights on the shortlist, and of so many others, is held in suspension because of the pandemic. Their livelihoods and future are in real jeopardy while Canadian theatre remains dark. It is hoped that these artists, and all Canadian theatre artists, will be heard by audiences again soon.”
 

EVENT DETAILS

This year’s event will be the first-ever virtual ceremony for the Siminovitch Prize, and will take place on Thursday, November 26 at 7 p.m. ET. This inclusive, interactive celebration will gather Canadian theatre makers and dedicated theatre fans together to honour the shortlisted artists and unveil the laureate. Event details to follow. All are welcome.
 
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Siminovitch Prize, and we approach this milestone during a very painful time for the theatre, with a commitment to the future and to supporting excellence and innovation with this annual $100,000 Prize,” said George Thomson, Chair of the Siminovitch Prize Foundation Board of Directors.
 
 

News (National): Playwrights Guild of Canada Announces the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards Short List

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Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) proudly announces the short lists for its 2020 Tom Hendry Awards. The short list for the Bra d’Or Award, Robert Beardsley Award, RBC Emerging Playwright Award, the Sharon Enkin Theatre For Young People Award, as well as the Playwrights Guild Comedy & Musical Awards, and the Carol Bolt Award have been released by their respective juries. 
 


Bra D’Or Award – 2020 Finalists

PGC is excited to announce the recipient of this year’s Bra D’Or Award at the Tom Hendry Awards ceremony on October 26th! The finalists include: Avery Jean Brennan, Marjorie Chan, Kara Flanagan, Heather Inglis, Thomas Morgan Jones, Anna Pappas, Caroline Russell-King, Bronwyn Steinberg, & the Wet Ink Collective Co-Artistic Director’s Sussin McFarlen, Loreta Seto & Lynna Goldhar-Smith.
 

Robert Beardsley Award

The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto Foundation’s 2020 Short List
This award is to be granted to a full-time secondary or post-secondary student within the GTA for the creation of a one-act play script.
JURY: Yolanda Bonnell (Chair), Julia Lederer, and Myekah Payne.
  • Audrey Krieger-Pottruff (ON) for Tragedy: A Comedy
  • Nam Nguyen (ON) for CAEZUS,  and
  • Micaela Robertson (ON) for I’ll Miss You a Little.

RBC Emerging Playwright Award – 2020 Short List

This award is given annually for the best play by a PGC-member who is an emerging playwright.
JURY: Muriel Hogue (Chair), Warona Setshwaelo and Yvonne Wallace.
  • Makram Ayache (ON) for Harun
  • Megs Calleja (BC) for Twentysomething,  and
  • Gabe Maharjan (QC) for Eva in Rio.

Sharon Enkin Plays For Young People Award – 2020 Short List

This award is given to a new TYA play or one that has had a professional production in the last year. JURY: Pablo Felices-Luna (Chair), Maggie Mercredi, and David Woods.
  • Herbert Barnes (ON) for Bent Boy
  • Josh MacDonald (NS) for #IAMTHECHEESE,  and
  • Jared Mallard (NB) for A Year In The Stars And Rain.

Playwrights Guild Comedy Award – 2020 Short List

This award is given annually for a new comedy by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production.
JURY: Jeff Pitcher (Chair), Rachel Peake, and Brie Watson.
  • David Paquet, Translated by Leanna Brodie (BC) for The Shoe
  • Paul Van Dyck (ON) for Siberian Summer,  and
  • Jamie Williams (ON) for Pinkerton Comes to Prospect.

Playwrights Guild Musical Award – 2020 Short List

This award is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production.
JURY: Daniel Maté (Chair), Deanna Choi, and Farren Timoteo.
  • Sara Farb, Music & Lyrics by Britta Johnson (ON) for KELLY v. KELLY
  • Matt Murray Music & Lyrics by Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal (ON) for Grow: A New Musical,  and
  • Molly Reisman, Book & Lyrics & Emily Chiu Book & Music (ON) for Keaton and The Whale.

Carol Bolt Award – 2020 Short List

This award is given annually for the best work by a PGC-member that has premiered in the past year. The Carol Bolt Award is in loving memory of both David and Carol Bolt.
JURY: Eda Holmes (Chair), Jennifer Dawn Bishop, and Jenn Deon.
  • Keith Barker (ON) for This is How We Got Here
  • Emma Donoghue, Music by Cora Bissett & Kathryn Joseph (ON) for Room,  and
  • Sébastien Harrisson, Translated by Leanna Brodie (BC) for From Alaska.
 

News (Calgary): The 2019-2020 Critter Award Winners

 

Congratulations to all of the 2019-2020 Critter Award Winners!!

Best Touring ShowLet’s Run Away an HPR/reWorks Productions co-production
 
Best Direction — Anita Rochon for Strangers on a Train, Vertigo Theatre
 
Best Supporting Performance — Tyrell Crews for Noises Off at Theatre Calgary
 
Best Leading Performance — Seana McKenna for The Merchant of Venice for The Shakespeare Company with Hit and Myth and Calgary
 
Best Design — Brian Ball for the set of A Christmas Story
 
Best Production of a MusicalOld Stock: A Refugee Love Story at ATP
 
Best Production of a PlayDisgraced at ATP
 
Honorary Calgary Theatre Critic’s Award — Joyce Doolittle and John Murrell for their inestimable contributions to theatre
 
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News (Alberta): Alberta’s 2020 Lieutentant Governor Emerging Artists Award Recipients Named

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation announced awards totaling $100,000 to the 10 recipients of its 2020 Emerging Artist Award on June 4, 2020.

“We are pleased to be able to invest in advancing the careers of these outstanding artists at the early stages of their professional development” says Foundation Chair, Arlene Strom. “When economic times are tough, our artists are particularly vulnerable. And in the midst of societal change and upheaval, ensuring our artist voices and perspectives are heard is critical.”

The 2020 Award Recipients are:

  • Kablusiak, visual, multidisciplinary artist, Calgary
  • Amy LeBlanc, writer, Calgary
  • Luc Tellier, theatre, Edmonton
  • Carlos Foggin, music, classical, Calgary
  • Lauren Crazybull, visual, Edmonton
  • Evan Pearce, multi-media, music, new technology, Edmonton
  • Molly Wreakes, music, French Horn, Edmonton
  • Bruce Cinnamon, writer, Edmonton
  • Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, visual, multimedia, Calgary
  • Griffin Cork, theatre and film, Calgary

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta congratulated the awardees on a Zoom meeting June 4, 2020. Each awardee receives a $10,000 cash award, a handcrafted medal and 2020 Emerging Artist certificate.

The 10 recipients were selected from 160 applications in a two-tiered adjudication process overseen by The Banff Centre. The adjudication panel included: Denise Clarke, associate artist, One Yellow Rabbit, 2007 Distinguished Artist awardee; Adam Fox, Director of Programs, National Music Centre; Lindsey Sharman, curator, Art Gallery of Alberta; Alice Major; writer, poet, 2017 Distinguished Artist awardee.

For more information on the awardees visit artsawards.ca

Announcement (Edmonton): The 2019-2020 Sterling Award Nominees

Congratulations to all the 2019-2020 Sterling Award nominees! The 33rd Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards will take place Monday June 29th beginning at 7:00 pm on Youtube. The ceremony will live online in perpetuity so if you miss the live stream you can always catch it at your leisure. Visit https://www.sterlingawards.com/ for details.

THE 2019-2020 STERLING AWARD NOMINEES:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

Cost of Living
(Citadel Theatre/Arts Club Theatre)

Bed and Breakfast
(Theatre Network)

Everybody Loves Robbie
(Northern Light Theatre)

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Every Brilliant Thing
(Citadel Theatre)

OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
(Award to Playwright)

The Ballad of Peachtree Rose by Nicole Moeller
(Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre)

A Christmas Carol by David van Belle
(Citadel Theatre)

Everybody Loves Robbie by Ellen Chorley
(Northern Light Theatre)

The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir
(SkirtsAfire)

E Day by Jason Chinn
(Serial Collective)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE-COMEDY

Patricia Cerra, Happy Birthday Baby J
(Shadow Theatre)

Jayce Mckenzie, Everybody Loves Robbie
(Northern Light Theatre)

Mathew Hulshof, Bed and Breakfast
(Theatre Network)

Kristin Johnston, Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs
(Northern Light Theatre)

Helen Belay, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE-COMEDY

Hunter Cardinal, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Marguerite Lawler, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Oscar Derkx, As You Like It
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Bobbi Goddard, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Andrea House, The Bad Seed
(Teatro La Quindicina)

OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

Mr Burns, a Post Electric Play
(Blarney Productions/You Are Here Theatre)

Girl in the Machine
(Bustle & Beast Theatre)

Betrayal
(Broken Toys Theatre)

E Day
(Serial Collective)

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

Cory Sincennes, A Christmas Carol
(Citadel Theatre)

Bretta Gerecke, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

Gabriella Slade, Six
(Citadel Theatre)

Tessa Stamp, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Megan Koshka, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

OUTSTANDING MULTI MEDIA DESIGN

Bretta Gerecke, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

Bradley King, Tracks
(Vena Amoris Projects)

Sean Nieuwenhuis, Girl in the Machine
(Bustle & Beast Theatre)

Matt Schuurman, The Blank Who Stole Christmas
(Rapid Fire Theatre)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Roberta Duchak, Six
(Citadel Theatre)

Floydd Ricketts, The Color Purple
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Jonathan Christenson & Matthew Skopyk, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

Mishelle Cuttler, A Christmas Carol
(Citadel Theatre)

Ben Elliott, As You Like It
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Brad Fischer
Technician/Operator

Tessa Stamp
Production Manager

Alana Rice
Technician/Operator

Nicole Deibert
Scenic Painter

Meghan Wearne
Technician/Operator

OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT, THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Deanna Finnman, Costume Design, Sleeping Beauty
(Alberta Musical Theatre Company)

Gina Puntil, Director, Safe & Fair: Scene at Work
(Alberta Workers’ Health Centre)

Kate Ryan, Director, Cinderella
(Capitol Theatre)

OUTSTANDING FRINGE NEW WORK
(Award to Playwright)

Hack by Dylan Rosychuk
(Get off the Stage Productions)

Reality Crack by Candace Berlinguette and Laura Raboud (Vibrate Productions)

5 South by Rebecca Merkley
(Dammitammy Productions)

The Green Line by Makram Ayache
(In Arms Theatre Collective)

Queen Lear is Dead by Jessy Ardern
(Fox Den Collective)

OUTSTANDING FRINGE PERFORMANCE DRAMA

Amena Shebab, Hagar
(Alma Theatre)

Michael Peng, Red
(Wishbone Theatre)

Max Hanic, Boy Trouble
(Vena Amoris Projects)

Rebecca Merkley, 5 South
(Dammitammy Productions)

Candace Berlinguette, Reality Crack
(Vibrate Productions)

TIMOTHY RYAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

As You Like It
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

The Color Purple
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs
(Northern Light Theatre)

Six
(Citadel Theatre)

The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE-DRAMA

Tara Jackson, The Color Purple
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Alex Dawkins, The Ballad of Peachtree Rose
(Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre)

Ashley Wright, Cost of Living
(Citadel Theatre/Arts Club Theatre)

Ian Leung, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

Christopher Imbrosciano, Cost of Living
(Citadel Theatre/Arts Club Theatre)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE-DRAMA

Bahareh Yaraghi, Cost of Living
(Citadel Theatre/Arts Club Theatre)

Robert Benz, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

Nadien Chu, The Winter’s Tale
(Freewill Shakespeare Festival)

Janelle Cooper, The Color Purple
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Nicole St Martin, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Kimberley Rampersad, The Color Purple
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Bradley Moss, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Daryl Cloran, As You Like It
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Trevor Schmidt, Everybody Loves Robbie
(Northern Light Theatre)

Ashlie Corcoran, Cost of Living
(Citadel Theatre/Arts Club Theatre)

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

Tessa Stamp, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Brianna Kolybaba, Mr Burns, a Post Electric Play
(Blarney Productions/You Are Here Theatre)

John Dinning, Sleuth
(Mayfield Dinner Theatre)

Megan Koshka, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

Pam Johnson, As You Like It
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

Tim Deiling, Six
(Citadel Theatre)

Scott Peters, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius
(Theatre Network)

Elise Jason, Baroness Bianka’s Bloodsongs
(Northern Light Theatre)

Bretta Gerecke, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

Leigh Ann Vardy, A Christmas Carol
(Citadel Theatre)

OUTSTANDING SCORE OF A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Aaron Macri, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

Darrin Hagen, Bed and Breakfast
(Theatre Network)

Jonathan Christenson & Matthew Skopyk, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

Mhairi Berg, Mr Burns, a Post Electric Play
(Blarney Productions/You Are Here Theatre)

Binaifer Kapadia, The Blue Hour
(SkirtsAfire)

OUTSTANDING FIGHT DIRECTION OR CHOREOGRAPHY

Samantha Jeffery, Mr Burns, a Post Electric Play
(Blarney Productions/You Are Here Theatre)

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Six
(Citadel Theatre)

Ainsley Hillyard, Mr Burns, a Post Electric Play
(Blarney Productions/You Are Here)

Jonathan Hawley Purvis, As You Like It
(Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Laura Krewski, The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
(Catalyst Theatre)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Sleeping Beauty
(Alberta Musical Theatre Company)

Safe & Fair: Scene At Work
(Alberta Workers’ Health Centre)

Cinderella
(Capitol Theatre)

OUTSTANDING FRINGE PRODUCTION

Queen Lear is Dead
(Fox Den Collective)

The Green Line
(In Arms Theatre Collective)

Boy Trouble
(Vena Amoris Projects)

Hack
(Get off the Stage Productions)

Reality Crack
(Vibrate Productions)

OUTSTANDING FRINGE DIRECTOR

Taylor Chadwick, The Flying Detective
(Accidental Humour Co.)

Dave Horak, The Bald Soprano
(Bright Young Things)

Valerie Planche, Queen Lear is Dead
(Fox Den Collective)

Kenneth Brown, Look at the Town
(Poeima Productions)

Leah Paterson, SWIPE
(Synaethesis Dance Theatre)

OUTSTANDING FRINGE PERFORMANCE COMEDY

Mark Meer, Fear and Loathing and Lovecraft
(Rapid Fire Theatre)

Jenny McKillop, You Are Happy
(Blarney Productions/ Dogheart Theatre)

Elena Eli Belyea, Gender? I Hardly Know Them
(Tiny Bear Jaws/Rapid Fire Theatre)

Ruth Alexander, Two
(Atlas Theatre)

Cody Porter, The Flying Detective
(Accidental Humor Co.)

Announcment (Calgary): The 2019-2020 Critter Award Nominees

The 2019-2020 theatre season may have ended far too early, but there is still so much excellent theatre to celebrate. Here are the nominations for this year’s Calgary Theatre Critics Awards, known affectionately as The Critters. Congratulations to all the nominees!

BEST TOURING SHOW

  • Let’s Run Away – HPR/reWorks Productions
  • No Change in the Weather – A Terra Bruce Production
  • Queer Blind Date – HPR/Spontaneous Theatre Production
  • We Will Rock You – Annerin Productions

BEST DIRECTION

  • Christian Berry – Old Stock, A Refugee Love Story
  • Paul Muir – A Christmas Story
  • Carey Perloff – Merchant of Venice
  • Anita Rochon – Strangers on a Train
  • Nigel Shawn Williams – Disgraced

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

  • Denise Clarke – Strangers on a Train
  • Tyrell Crews – Noises Off
  • David Haysom – Merchant of Venice
  • Bruce Horak – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Karen Johnson-Diamond – Noises Off
  • Robert Kline – Last Christmas

BEST LEADING PERFORMANCE

  • Praneet Akilla – Iceland
  • Elinor Holt – The Pink Unicorn
  • Nathan Kay – Strangers on a Train
  • Evan Kinnane – The Louder We Get
  • Seana McKenna – The Merchant of Venice
  • Zach Running Coyote – Snowblind

BEST ORIGINAL PLAY

  • Bliss – Jamie Dunsdon
  • Snowblind – Zach Running Coyote
  • Men Express Their Feelings – Sunny Drake
  • The Dinner Party – Christopher Duthie
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse – R. Hamilton Wright

BEST DESIGN

  • Brian Ball – A Christmas Story
  • Anton de Groot – Noises Off
  • Terry Gunvordahl- Matilda the Musical
  • Hanne Loosen – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Scott Reid – A Christmas Carol

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

  • The Louder We Get – Theatre Calgary
  • Mamma Mia! – Stage West
  • Naughty But Nice (Six in the City) – Forte Musical Theatre Guild
  • Old Stock, A Refugee Love Story – Alberta Theatre Projects

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

  • A Christmas Story – Rosebud Theatre
  • Disgraced – Alberta Theatre Projects
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Alberta Theatre Projects
  • Noises Off – Theatre Calgary
  • Strangers on a Train – Vertigo Theatre
In addition to the nominations, the Calgary Theatre Critics wish to give honorary Calgary Theatre Critics Awards to Joyce Doolittle and John Murrell for their inestimable contributions to theatre in Calgary.
 
The Critters will live stream on June 15 at 7 p.m.
 

Call for Submissions (National): The 2020 Tom Hendry Awards

 

Submission are open for the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards!

 
Each year Playwrights Guild of Canada hosts an annual awards competition honouring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories. The awards are named after Tom Hendry, a founding member of PGC who passed away in 2012. The awards offer generous cash prizes and winners are recognized in a ceremony that takes place in the fall each year.
 

Submissions and nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

 
  • Carol Bolt Award
  • RBC Emerging Playwright Award
  • Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award
  • Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award
  • The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation’s Robert Beardsley Award
  • The Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award
  • Bra d’Or Award
  • Honorary Membership
    Honorary membership is awarded to an individual or organization for their contribution to the Canadian playwright community, and must be nominated by PGC members and approved by the National Forum. An honorary member need not be a playwright.

Submissions close on June 17. For more information and for submission/nomination forms, visit: https://playwrightsguild.ca/awards/

Call for Submissions (National): Submissions are open for the 2020 Siminovitch Prize

 

Siminovitch Prize

The Siminovitch Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the National Arts Centre have announced a call for nominations for the Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. Despite these tumultuous times, both organizations are planning for the annual celebration of excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre to take place later this fall.

ABOUT THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE
The Siminovitch Prize recognizes excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre. Over a three-year cycle, the Siminovitch Prize celebrates a professional mid-career director, playwright, or designer who is acknowledged as a leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. The prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Dr. Louis Siminovitch and the late Elinore Siminovitch, a pioneering playwright.

Nomination details

Eligibility
Nominations are welcome for playwrights who, through their body of work, have made a significant creative contribution to Canadian theatre and who are continuing to create work that demonstrates innovation and excellence. The prize jury has been charged with selecting a recipient who would most typically self-identify as “mid-career.” In other words, this is a prize for an artist whose career is perceived to be gaining significant momentum, rather than a “lifetime achievement” award. The Siminovitch Prize is intended to provide an artist who has created remarkable work with the freedom to deepen their practice and make an even more significant contribution to the field in the years to come.

Nominees must have at least ten years’ experience as professional playwrights and will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft, vision, techniques, 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.

Eligible artists include those 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 (NAC) are not eligible for the Siminovitch Prize in any year during which they are actively serving the NAC.

Nomination Procedure
Self-nominations will not be considered. Completed nominations should be submitted electronically by Monday, July 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here for the nomination form. Additional questions can be directed to [email protected]

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. An announcement of the jury will be made in May 2020.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Share the word about Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. Twitter: @SiminovitchPrz Hashtag: #SiminovitchPrize. LinkedIn.

ABOUT THE NAC
The National Arts Centre raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. A bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and NAC Presents. The Centre’s national role is reflected in its motto: “Canada is our Stage.” The NAC collaborates with artists and arts organizations across the country, acts as a catalyst for performance; invests in ambitious new works by artists and arts organizations nation-wide; and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. Situated on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe nation, the NAC is accessible and welcoming to all, and offers a variety of free programming and events.

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Harry & Martha Cohen Award

 

Do you know someone who is an inspiration in our theatre community in Calgary?

Is there someone who continually inspires you? Does this person set the bar in terms of their passion and commitment to our theatrical community in Calgary? Do they ALWAYS go above and beyond; mentor, coach, etc.? This person may be a leader onstage, offstage or backstage; an actor, director, playwright, designer, administrator, philanthropist, dramaturge, manager, teacher, technician or volunteer.

Do you want them to know how vital their contribution is and how deeply they are appreciated?

We will gather to celebrate the 2020 winner of the Harry & Martha Cohen Awards winner on Monday, April 27th, 2020. The award ceremony will take place in the Lobby of the Martha Cohen Theatre from 5 pm – 7:30pm. At that ceremony the recipient will be honoured with a cash prize of $1500 and a framed certificate. Additionally, the recipient’s name will be added to the list of our past honourees and inscribed on a scroll that hangs in our lobby in Martha’s Corner.

For Full details please visit
https://albertatheatreprojects.com/support-atp/harry-and-martha-cohen-award/