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Call for Nominations for Directors

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Canada’s $100,000 theatre award celebrates the transformative and influential work of directors, playwrights, and designers, and this fall, the 2022 Siminovitch Prize spotlight will shine on directors!

Do you know an exceptional director working in English or French who deserves national recognition, $75,000, and the opportunity to support an emerging artist with mentorship, and $25,000?

Submit a Siminovitch Prize nomination by July 4, 2022.

Nominations are encouraged for artists who have made a significant creative contribution to theatre in Canada through their body of work and who are continuing to create work demonstrating innovation and excellence. Nominees must have at least 10 years of experience as professional directors and will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft. Eligibility criteria are listed here.

Siminovitch Prize Jury Chair Guillermo Verdecchia will choose this year’s jury of distinguished members of the Canadian theatre community.

>“For more than 30 years, Guillermo Verdecchia has been one of this country’s most provocative, lauded, and innovative writers/directors/dramaturges. During this time, Guillermo has also been at the centre of Canadian theatre’s consideration of identity, power, and which stories and experiences our culture chooses to value. I believe he is exactly the right person to lead the Siminovitch Prize jury in this moment of long-overdue change within the sector.”
– Marcus Youssef, Member of the Siminovitch Prize Board of Directors

The 2022 Siminovitch Prize shortlist will be announced in mid-October, and each artist will receive $5,000 and a short, professionally produced documentary about their work. The Laureate and Protégé will be announced in a digital public event on December 1, 2022.

How to nominate a director:

Visit to submit a nomination.

A PDF of the nomination form is attached for your reference.

For additional information, contact:

Aimée Ippersiel, Executive Director, Siminovitch Prize

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