2013 Laureate, Director
Chris Abraham is Artistic Director of Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre and is creating a permanent home for the theatre in the city’s East End. He’s made a name for himself through his highly successful productions seen in theatres ranging from the smallest to the largest. Recent productions include the classics The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Stratford Festival, and The Seagull for Canadian Stage. He’s developed and directed hit new plays such as I Claudia with Kristen Thomson, SEEDS and The Watershed by Annabel Soutar, and Winners and Losers by James Long and Marcus Youssef, all of which have toured widely. He was the first person to both win the Siminovitch Protégé Prize (selected by recipient Daniel Brooks in 2001) and be the Siminovitch recipient in 2013. A graduate of the National Theatre School, he later served as co-director of its Directing Program.