Excellence and Innovation
in Canadian Theatre

Nominations are welcome for stage directors who, through their body of work, 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 must have at least 10 years’ experience as professional directors and should be continuing to make substantial achievements in their work.

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 should be submitted electronically by Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional questions can be directed to

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 are expected to be available to attend the announcement of the short list on the evening of October 17, 2016 in Toronto and the Awards evening on October 28th, 2016 in Ottawa as guests of the Siminovitch Prize.

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