Nominations Open for 2014 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre

The 2014 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Canadian Theatre is now accepting nominations for playwrights. 

Over a three-year cycle, the annual prize worth $100,000 honours a professional director, playwright or designer who is an acknowledged leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. The 2014 Siminovitch Prize will be awarded to a playwright.
The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent. The recipient receives $75,000 and  in turn, chooses a  protégé to receive $25,000.

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Nominations are welcome for professional playwrights who, through their body of work in the preceding 10 years, have made a significant creative contribution to noteworthy theatre projects in Canada, and who are continuing to create work that demonstrates innovation and excellence.

Nominees will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft, vision, technique, 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.

Artists are eligible 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.
Nomination Procedure
Self-nominations will not be considered. Completed nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Nominations will only be accepted electronically through the online nomination form.

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.

Short List
The jury will select a shortlist of nominees for final consideration by mid-September. The short-listed nominees will attend an Award Gala and ancillary events and are expected to be available in Toronto as guests of the Siminovitch Prize on October 19 and 20, 2014.

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