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June 11, 2002

MONTREAL – The works of more than 30 Canadian playwrights have been recognized with nominations for the prestigious Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the prize ceremony organizers today announced.

“The nominations represent some of the best contemporary writers in Canada,” said Bill Glassco, chair of the five-person jury that will select the winner of this year’s $100,000 prize. “We are very pleased with the range of entries, which include the works of playwrights from coast to coast. It will be difficult to select just one winner from this talented group of writers.”

The Siminovitch Prize, which is sponsored by Bank of Montreal, was introduced last year and is awarded in a three-year cycle to a director, playwright or designer who has made a significant contribution to theatre in Canada. In 2002, the prize will be awarded to a playwright. The prize is designed to showcase and reward excellence and inspire further exploration in Canadian theatre.

A unique aspect of the prize is its focus on mentorship. The winning artist receives $75,000 for him- or herself, but then designates a protégé or organization to receive the remaining $25,000. The prize is intended for an artist who is in “mid career” – a point at which the recognition and resources associated with the prize will make a significant difference, allowing and encouraging the artist to go further in the pursuit of his or her craft.

Over the summer, Mr. Glassco and his fellow jury members – Nicola Lipman, Leonard McHardy, John Murrell and Maryse Warda – will review the submissions and develop a short list of finalists. The prize winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at University of Toronto’s historic Hart House Theatre on October 28.

The 35 nominees for the 2002 Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre are:

Stewart Boston, Woodlawn (Ont.)
Michel Marc Bouchard, Montreal
Marie Clements, Vancouver
David S. Craig, Toronto
Daniel Danis, St-David-de-Falardeau (Que.)
Rex Deverell, Toronto
Don Druick, born in Montreal, residing in Elmira (Ont.)
Jasmine Dubé, Montreal
David Fennario, Verdun (Que.)
Brad Fraser, born in Edmonton, residing in Toronto
Carole Fréchette, Montreal
Don Hannah, born in New Brunswick, residing in Toronto
Michael Healey, Toronto
Margaret Hollingsworth, born in England, residing in Vancouver
Michael Hollingsworth, born in Wales, residing in Toronto
Maureen Hunter, born in Saskatchewan, residing in Winnipeg
Sunil Thomas Kuruvilla, Waterloo
Suzanne Lebeau, Saint-Lambert (Que.)
Stewart Lemoine, Edmonton
Daniel MacIvor, born in Sydney, N.S., residing in Toronto
Joan Macleod, Vancouver
Daniel David Moses, born at Six Nations, residing in Toronto
Morris Panych, Vancouver
Mansel Robinson, Saskatoon
Vittorio Rossi, Montreal
Djanet Sears, raised in England and Saskatoon, residing in Toronto
Jason Sherman, born in Montreal, residing in Toronto
Annabel Soutar, Montreal
Kent Stetson, born in PEI, residing in Montreal
Eugene Stickland, born in Regina, residing in Calgary
Drew Hayden Taylor, born at Curve Lake First Nations, residing in Toronto
Judith Thompson, born in Montreal, residing in Toronto
Rahul Varma, born in India, residing in Montreal
David Young, born in Halifax, residing in Toronto
Optative Theatrical Laboratories, Montreal

The Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the largest annual prize of its kind in Canada, is named after one of Canada’s outstanding scientists and his late playwright wife, whose determination, dedication to excellence and belief in mentorship are embodied in the award. Bank of Montreal is lead sponsor of the prize and the gala at which the prize is awarded.

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