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The 2015 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre is now accepting nominations for designers.

The Siminovitch Prize shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre with an annual prize worth $100,000. Over a three-year cycle, the prize honours a professional director, playwright or designer who is an acknowledged leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential.

This year’s prize will be awarded to a designer on Sunday, October 18 at University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre.

The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent. The recipient receives $75,000 and in turn, chooses a protégé to receive $25,000.

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Nominations are welcome for professional lighting, costume, set, sound and/or mixed media designers who, through their body of work, have made a significant creative contribution to noteworthy theatre projects in Canada, and who are continuing to create work that demonstrates innovation and excellence.  Nominees must have at least 10 years’ experience as professional designers and should be continuing to make substantial achievements in their work.

Nominees will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft, vision, technique, interests and/or collaborations.

In addition, the jury will consider the following aspects of the artist’s work: originality, sense of evolution, growing maturity, continuing experimentation, impact upon audiences, and influence upon younger artists.

Artists are eligible whose work is performed in either English or French in the not-for-profit or commercial theatre sector in Canada.  Issues regarding the eligibility of nominees are decided at the sole discretion of the jury.

Nomination Procedure
Self-nominations will not be considered. Completed nominations should be submitted electronically by Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here for the nomination form.  Additional questions can be directed to

A national jury of distinguished members of the Canadian theatre community is chosen annually to select the Siminovitch Prize recipient. The Jury Chair leads the selection of the jury and presides over the deliberations.

Short List
The jury will select a shortlist of nominees for final consideration by mid-September. The short-listed nominees are expected to be available to be in Toronto to attend the Awards evening and any ancillary events, on October 17 and 18, 2015, as guests of the Siminovitch Prize

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