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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 2019, the Prize was awarded to directors Maiko Yamamoto and James Long, who selected Conor Wylie as the protégé.

2019 Laureates

Maiko Yamamoto and James Long
Maiko Yamamoto and James Long, long-time collaborators and Artistic Directors of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, have been named the 2019 laureates of the Siminovitch Prize.

Latest News

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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