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The Siminovitch Prize shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre with an annual prize worth $100,000.

Call for Nominations

Calling all members of the Canadian Theatre community!

We are excited to announce that the nomination form for this year’s prize, which will celebrate an outstanding theatre designer, is now online. The deadline to nominate someone is July 9. Review the form and start your submission now!

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 2017, the Prize was awarded to playwright Marcus Youssef, who selected Christine Quintana as the protégé.

2017 Laureate

Marcus Youssef

“The Siminovitch Prize means so much to me and – if I can say this – to the theatre community across this enormously small country. It is an extraordinary commitment to Canadian theatre and theatre artists. There is simply no…

2017 Gala

The gala event for the 2017 Siminovitch Prize was held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on November 6, 2017. See photos from the event and a video of the nominees.

Marcus Youssef and Christine Quintana

Nominee Event

A celebration for the 2017 Siminovitch Prize playwright nominees took place at Hart House, University of Toronto on Monday, October 16, 2017. Learn more including photos and a video of the event.

Dr. Lou Siminovitch with 2017 Finalists Hannah Moscovitch, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Marcus Youssef and Evelyne de la Chenelière. Photo: Tom Sandler.

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