WINNIPEG THEATRE AWARDS IS A HIT!

Winnipeg, MB

November 13, 2017

We're so very happy to have accomplished the first ever Winnipeg Theatre Awards event night! The whole evening was a roaring success, thanks to the volunteers who made it happen and the audience in attendance. And of course, to everyone in the theatre community who put their heart and soul into their work throughout the 2016-2017 season. We are both proud and honoured to celebrate our community!

We could not have achieved our goal without the generous sponsorship The Gail Asper Family Foundation and our supporters at Bargen Brown LLP, Canadian Actors Equity, ACTRA Manitoba and IATSE Local 63.

2016 -2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR Ray Strachan, The Whipping Man, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS Sharon Bajer, Hand to God, Tom Hendry Warehouse

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR Toby Hughes, Hand to God, Tom Hendry Warehouse

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS Ellen David, My Name is Asher Lev, Tom Hendry Warehouse

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE Hand to God, Tom Hendry Warehouse

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION Kill Me Now, Tom Hendry Warehouse

OUTSTANDING NEW WORK Am I Not King?, zone41

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR Sara Garton Stanley, Kill Me Now, Tom Hendry Warehouse

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OR FIGHT DIRECTION Lisa Stevens, Mamma Mia! , Rainbow Stage

OUTSTANDING DESIGN Brian Perchaluk, Scott Henderson and Paul De Gurse, The Whipping Man, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre

2016-2017 HONORARY AWARDS RECIPIENTS

Evelyne Anderson, Lifetime Achievement Award

Joan Lees-Miller, Behind-the-Scenes Award

Robin Dow and George Budoloski, Theatre Educator Award

2017 Winnipeg Theatre Awards Host Update

Winnipeg, Nov 5, 2017

We are thrilled to announce Dana Smith as co-host of next weekend's Winnipeg Theatre Awards ceremony! Gail Asper was scheduled to appear alongside Janet Stewart for the evening, but a conference has kept Gail away on the night of the event.

While Gail will certainly be missed, we can't wait to see what Janet and Dana have in store for us. Make sure to get your tickets NOW - CLICK HERE

2017 Winnipeg Theatre Awards Event Host Announcement

Winnipeg, June 16, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the hosts for our 2016-2017 Awards Night, Janet Stewart and Gail Asper! The first annual event takes place on Sunday November 12, 2017, at the West End Cultural Centre.

Janet Stewart hosts the news on CBC Television. After moving to Winnipeg from her native Nova Scotia in 2001, Janet has immersed herself in the city and is proud to call Winnipeg home. She has made connecting with the community one of her top priorities, lending her time and energy to many organizations.

Gail Asper is the President and Trustee of the Asper Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Arts Centre Foundation, and is a Governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an Officer for the Order of Canada, and was awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal. These are only a few of the many achievements in her brilliant life. She is also a powerhouse of kindness.

Welcome aboard, Janet and Gail!

Media Release - Honourary Awards Call For Nominations!

Winnipeg, Mar 28, 2017: The organizing committee for the first annual Winnipeg Theatre Awards, sponsored by Gail Asper, is inviting community members to make nominations for three honourary awards which will be presented as part of the awards gala on November 12th, 2017 at the West End Cultural Centre.

For the first time, awards recognizing the diversity and depth of Winnipeg’s exceptional theatre community will be presented at the gala ceremony. The recipients of the honourary awards will be announced prior to the awards ceremony.

The honourary awards provide an opportunity for community members to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the local theatre community in three categories:

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will celebrate the career of an artist who has, during their lifetime, made significant contributions and done outstanding work in the Winnipeg theatre community.  Examples of eligible nominees include actors, directors, choreographers, designers and stage managers. 

Behind The Scenes Award

Winnipeg would not have such a strong theatre community without the countless individuals who work behind the scenes to ensure productions and companies flourish.  This award will recognize an outstanding individual who has demonstrated their long standing devotion to Winnipeg theatre, by conquering the challenges of today and/or forging a path for the future. Eligible nominees include but are not limited to production personnel, fight directors, lifetime donors, general managers and other theatre administrators, producers, board members, volunteers. 

Theatre Educator Award

This award will honour an educator whose long standing dedication to training theatre artists has made a lasting contribution to the Winnipeg theatre community. Eligible nominees include teachers of acting, musical theatre, dance, voice, production, and design.

The nomination form and criteria for the honourary awards can be found HERE

The call for nominations closes on June 30th,  2017. 

A jury composed of Winnipeg theatre professionals and ardent arts supporters will select award recipients in 18 other categories, including awards for performance, production, and design.

We are thrilled to be celebrating Winnipeg's theatre community in such a significant way!

Congrats ACTRA Manitoba!

DATELINE: Saturday September 24, 2016

Congratulations to ACTRA Manitoba for hosting a fantastic awards night! This fun-filled event was held inside the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in downtown Winnipeg, MB. The event was hosted by actress/comedian Aisha Alfa, and included many memorable moments. The night was capped off with a dance party featuring DJ Co-Op.

We're very proud of our community, and rightfully so. You put on a stellar event, ACTRA Manitoba!

Here's the list of award recipients:

DARCY FEHR - MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SHORT PRODUCTION

MELISSA MARIE ELIAS - MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ARTIST, THEATRICAL

ERNESTO GRIFFITH - MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ARTIST, THEATRICAL

DAVE BROWN - MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ARTIST, TELEVISION

REBECCA GIBSON - MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ARTIST, TELEVISION

SEAN SKENE & BJ VEROT - MOST OUTSTANDING STUNT PERFORMANCE

FILM TRAINING MANITOBA - WAYNE NICKLAS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AND ONGOING COMMITMENT TO THE FILM & TELEVISION INDUSTRY

News

DATELINE: February 29, 2016


Winnipeg boasts a theatre scene that’s vibrant, innovative, and absolutely unique to our community. And we’d like to celebrate that artistic excellence. 


We are thrilled to announce that the Winnipeg Theatre Awards are coming to Winnipeg on November 19, 2017. A committed group of advocates and ambassadors from the community have worked together over the past year to coordinate the awards, discussing the merits, potential pitfalls, criteria and process. This team of individuals has the very best of intentions to shine a light on the Winnipeg Theatre Community at an annual event dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the past season, honouring the community’s legacy, raising the profile of the theatre community in Winnipeg, and inspiring future accomplishments. An important aspect of the Winnipeg Theatre Awards will be the Honourary Awards, which allows for recognition of those who work behind the scenes to make this community unique. Where would we be without the board members, volunteers, general managers and generous supporters? Let’s shine a spotlight on them!
We are pleased that Gail Asper has lent her support to the awards; Gail will sponsor tickets to productions for the Awards Jury, ensuring that producing companies will not be responsible for complimentary tickets. The Awards Jury are a dedicated group of volunteers with diverse backgrounds that will individually evaluate productions, and then meet as a group to pick a long list, a short list and the recipients of each category. 


Note that the Winnipeg Theatre Awards will be a temporary name. We look forward to the participation of all theatre companies, sponsors and the community in suggesting names for all categories and the official Awards’ name. 

We appreciate that you will have many questions and several concerns about an awards program in Winnipeg. We invite you to visit our Contact page to ask questions or to request clarification.