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Peers are invited to nominate artists who, through their body of work, have made a significant creative contribution to theatre in Canada and who are continuing to create work that demonstrates innovation and excellence.

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 emerging artists, colleagues, and peers.


The Siminovitch Prize is not a lifetime achievement award, but is awarded to an artist whose artistic practice is growing, developing, and expanding. The Siminovitch Prize is intended to provide an artist who has created remarkable work to date with the freedom to deepen their practice and make an even more significant contribution to the field in the years to come.

Nominees must have at least 10 years’ experience as professional artists in the discipline for which they are being nominated, and will have developed a marked personal style or artistic approach to their craft, vision, techniques, interests and/or collaborations. 


Eligible artists must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and actively working in theatre in Canada. Any questions regarding the eligibility of nominees are decided at the jury’s sole discretion.


Current members of the Board or staff of the Siminovitch Prize, and currently contracted workers including the Jury Chair and members of the Jury are ineligible for Siminovitch Prize in the year in which they serve, nor may they nominate or write a letter of support for a nominee.

Nomination Procedure

Self nominations will not be considered. Completed nominations should be submitted electronically using the online form.


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 short list of nominees for final consideration in October.

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