Recognizing
Excellence and Innovation
in Canadian Theatre

About the Siminovitch Prize

The Siminovitch Prize shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre with an annual prize worth $100,000. This year’s prize was awarded to designer Anick La Bissonnière and protégé Marilène Bastien on Sunday, October 18 at University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre.

Over a three-year cycle, the prize celebrates a professional director, playwright or designer, an acknowledged leader in the theatre whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize also encourages and supports emerging talent with a protégé prize awarded to a theatre artist chosen by the recipient.

The prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore Siminovitch, a pioneering playwright.

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The 2015 Siminovitch Prize was awarded to designer Anick La Bissonnière on Sunday, October 18 at University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre. The protégé prize was awarded to Marilène Bastien.
Nominations for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize for a stage director are now open. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, July 15, 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn more.
This year, the Siminovitch Prize is launching a new partnership with the National Arts Centre, which acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. The only bilingual, multi-disciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, the National Arts Centre is home to NAC English Theatre and French Theatre, which together play a national role in developing, co-producing and showcasing theatrical works in collaboration with theatre-makers across Canada. Both the NAC’s English Theatre and French Theatre are led by Siminovitch Prize laureates.

Lou Siminovitch

Elinore and Lou Siminovitch

The truth is, the late Elinore Siminovitch never walked in anybody’s shadow; not once in her life; not ever. Those who knew her well knew that for certain about her.

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