Theresa Tova

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Theresa Tova (born 1955) is a Canadian actress, singer and playwright.[1] She is most noted for her play Still the Night, which won several Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 1997[2] and was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language drama at the 1999 Governor General's Awards.[3]

The daughter of Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, Tova was born in Paris, France and raised in Calgary, Alberta.[4] Primarily a stage and musical theatre actress, she also had a role in the television series E.N.G. in the early 1990s as Marge Atherton, for which she received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at the 8th Gemini Awards in 1993.[5]

Still the Night, a musical play which combined Jewish music, including vaudeville and klezmer, with the story of two young girls surviving the Holocaust in the forests of Poland, was staged in 1996 by Theatre Passe Muraille.[4] It won four Dora Awards in the Mid-Sized Theatre division in 1997, for outstanding new play or musical, outstanding production, outstanding music (John Alcorn) and outstanding female performance in a musical (Liza Balkan).[2]

Tova has continued to act on stage, including productions of They're Playing Our Song, Fiddler on the Roof and The Diary of Anne Frank,[1] as well as in supporting television, film and web series roles. In 2017, she was elected president of the Toronto chapter of ACTRA.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Tova, Theresa". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Hit musical captures seven awards. A great time for Ragtime". The Globe and Mail, September 30, 1997.
  3. ^ "Governor-General's award nominees". Vancouver Sun, October 20, 1999.
  4. ^ a b "History haunts the present in new Holocaust drama". Toronto Star, October 31, 1996.
  5. ^ "Bewitching music from E.N.G. film editor Tova". Toronto Star, January 29, 1993.
  6. ^ "Theresa Tova Elected President of ACTRA Toronto". Canada NewsWire, January 4, 2017.

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