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Nominations for the 2024 Siminovitch Prize are now open. Learn More >


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The Siminovitch Theatre Foundation recognizes, invests in, connects and inspires Canadian theatre artists who are redefining the stage.


The 2023 Siminovitch Prize will be awarded on December 4, 2023 at 6:30pm EST

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This Year's
Prize Recipient

Meet the
2023 Finalists

The Siminovitch Prize is
Canada's highest valued theatre award.


David Yee



Julie Phan


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Mishka Lavigne


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Berni Stapleton


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David Yee




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2023 Acceptance Speech
Acceptance Speeches

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Berni Stapleton & Kate Hennig
Backstage Conversations

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David Yee, 2023 Laureate
Siminovitch Showcase


Our Programs

Siminovitch Prize
Celebrates a mid-career professional artist whose work is enriching the art form. Each year, one artist is selected by a jury to receive an esteemed $100,000 prize, public profile and recognition.
Siminovitch Protégé Prize
Recognizes the importance of mentorship and profile to developing talent. Each year the winner of the Siminovitch Prize selects an emerging artist to receive $25,000 and a year of ongoing coaching and counsel.
Emerging Artists Grants
Helps mentees tap into the knowledge and experience of leading theatre artists and learn faster. Three $5,000 Emerging Artist Grants are awarded annually, along with additional funding to support collaboration.
Artists in Residence
Provides the opportunity for theatre artists to spend one week reflecting, researching, or producing work outside their usual environments.
Backstage Conversations
Unique and intimate exchanges between two leading contemporary theatre artists that aim to advance thinking about theatre practice and craft.
Siminovitch Showcase
Documentaries that share stories about some of the most creative theatre artists of our time. They offer information and inspiration about what's happening in Canadian theatre right now.
The Artist's Eye
An e-newsletter offering a captivating monthly snapshot of the current artistic projects of the Siminovitch Prize finalists, Laureates, and Protégés working across Canada and internationally.

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