Excellence and Innovation
in Canadian Theatre

The Siminovitch Prize shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre with an annual prize worth $100,000. This year’s prize will be awarded to a director on Friday, October 28 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Over a three-year cycle, the prize honours a professional director, playwright or designer who is an acknowledged leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. 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.

The prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the distinguished scientist 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.  The Siminovitch Prize is the largest prize in Canadian theatre

Siminovitch Prize Recipients and Protégés

Siminovitch Prize Partners

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