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Protégé Prize

Image: Christine Quintana, Protégé with Marcus Youssef


The Siminovitch Protégé Prize recognizes the importance of mentorship, recognition, and profile to developing talent.

Siminovitch Protégé Prize

Each year the winner of the Siminovitch Prize selects an emerging artist to receive $25,000 and a year of ongoing coaching and counsel.

Selection Process

Each year, the Siminovitch Prize Laureate is asked to select a Protégé who is:

> A theatre artist in the first few years of their career.
> Creating work that’s making a contribution to Canadian theatre.
> Earning their primary income from their artistic work.

It’s not required that the Laureate have an existing relationship with the Protégé they select.


Providing a National Network

Protégés benefit from unique access to established artists and expanded connections to help advance their careers.

Image: Joshua Quinlan, Joyce Padua, Gillian Gallow, Nathan Med, Banff Centre, 2021

Uplifting Groundbreaking Artists

Public recognition and financial resources allow artists to continue to evolve Canadian theatre in new and exciting ways.

Inspiring Next Stage Visionaries

Recipients have gone on to inspire peers, mentor the next generation, lead institutions, and create unforgettable theatre.

Image: Philippe Boutin, Rise of the Bling Bling


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