Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
|Siminovitch Prize in Theatre|
|Awarded for||Best in Canadian theatre|
|Presented by||RBC Wealth Management Hart House|
The Siminovitch Prize in Theatre (formally, the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre; commonly, the Siminovitch Prize) is given to recognize achievement in Canadian theatre; specifically, professional directors, playwrights and designers in three-year cycles. The prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the distinguished scientist Louis ("Lou") Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore Siminovitch who was a pioneering playwright. A group of Dr. Siminovitch’s friends and colleagues came together on the occasion of his 80th birthday to create this award which is national, bi-lingual, and juried by theatre professionals.
In March 2012, organizers announced that the 12th edition of the prize would be its last. No reasons were given for the award's termination. although in an interview one of the prize's founders, Joseph Rotman, stated that the prize was never conceived to run in perpetuity. However, in July 2013, organizers announced a new partnership with the University of Toronto and the RBC Foundation that resulted in the revival of the prize. The prize was reinstated for the 2013 year and had continued ever since.
Established in 2001 to honour Elinore Siminovitch and her husband Lou Siminovitch, the purpose of the prize is to celebrate "the marriage between the arts and the sciences". Twelve individuals and six organizations founded the prize; primary amongst them was the prize's largest financial sponsor, the BMO Financial Group.
The prize is awarded annually to a director, playwright, or a designer, rotating through each of these theatre professions in a three-year cycle. It is one of the few theatre awards that includes designers. Winners are selected by a jury made up of prominent theatre professionals and awarded CAD$100,000, making it the largest prize of its kind in Canada. Anyone may nominate a qualified candidate for the prize; the jury may also nominate qualified candidates. Individuals who may be nominated must be a professional director, playwright, or designer who, in the preceding 10 years, has made a significant creative contribution to no fewer than two (in the case of playwrights) or three (in the case of directors and designers) noteworthy theatre projects in Canada.
A condition of the award is that one quarter of the prize (CAD$25,000) must be awarded to a "protégé" selected by the winner. The protégé may be an individual or organization (such as a theatre or educational facility) involved in professional direction, playwriting, or design in Canadian theatre. The winner may choose to grant the amount to a single protégé or divide it between two eligible protégés.
- 2001 (director) Daniel Brooks of Toronto
- 2002 (playwright) Carole Fréchette of Montreal
- 2003 (designer) Louise Campeau of Montreal
- 2004 (director) Jillian Keiley of St. John's
- 2005 (playwright) John Mighton of Toronto
- 2006 (designer) Dany Lyne of Toronto
- 2007 (director) Brigitte Haentjens of Montreal
- 2008 (playwright) Daniel MacIvor of Toronto
- 2009 (designer) Ronnie Burkett of Calgary and Toronto
- 2010 (director) Kim Collier of Vancouver
- 2011 (playwright) Joan MacLeod of Victoria
- 2012 (designer) Robert Thomson of Montreal
- 2013 (director) Chris Abraham of Toronto (the only laureate to receive both the protégé and main prize)
- 2014 (playwright) Olivier Choinière of Montreal
- 2015 (designer) Anick La Bissonnière of Montreal
- 2016 (director) Nadia Ross
- 2017 (playwright) Marcus Youssef of Vancouver
The protégé recipients of the Siminovitch prize are:
- 2001 Chris Abraham of Toronto
- 2002 Geneviève Billet of Montreal
- 2003 Magalie Amyot and Michèle Magnon both of Montreal
- 2004 Danielle Irvine
- 2005 Anton Piatigorsky of Toronto
- 2006 Camellia Koo and April Anne Viczko of Calgary
- 2007 Christian Lapointe
- 2008 Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn of Vancouver
- 2009 Clea Minaker of Vancouver and Montreal
- 2010 Anita Rochon of Vancouver
- 2011 Anusree Roy of Toronto
- 2012 Jason Hand and Raha Javanfar both of Toronto
- 2013 Mitchell Cushman of Toronto
- 2014 Annick Lefebvre
- 2015 Marilène Bastien
- 2016 Shaista Laif and Sarah Conn
- 2017 Christine Quintana of Vancouver
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