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Recognizing 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.

About the Prize

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.

In 2020, the Prize was awarded to playwright Tara Beagan, who selected Joelle Peters as the protégé.

Watch the 2020 ceremony

2020 Laureate

Tara Beagan
Tara Beagan is proud to be Ntlaka’pamux and, through her late father’s side, of Irish ancestry. She is cofounder/director of ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro. Beagan served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013.

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26Nov 20
Tara Beagan wins 2020 Siminovitch Prize
November 26, 2020 – Ntlaka’pamux playwright Tara Beagan has been named the 2020 laureate of the Siminovitch Prize, the largest and most prestigious theatre prize in Canada. Ms. Beagan will receive $75,000, and $25,000 will go toher selected protégée, Joelle Peters.   
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2019 Gala

The gala event for the 2019 Siminovitch Prize was held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on November 21, 2019. See photos from the event.

Nominee Event

A celebration for the 2019 Siminovitch Prize director nominees took place at Hart House, University of Toronto on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Elinore & 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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