The Winnipeg Theatre Awards are proud to present the inaugural Chair’s Commendation to Doreen Brownstone on as part of The Evies celebration.

In 1958, a young actress by the name of Doreen Brownstone appeared, along with a young Gordon Pinsent, in A Hatful of Rain, the very first production of the newly founded Manitoba Theatre Centre. Since then, Doreen’s talents have entertained audiences for over six decades. Among her favourite roles are Emma in Over the River and Through the Woods, Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, and the seven times she has played Yenta in Fiddler on the Roof - including a Yiddish language version. Her final stage appearance was at Prairie Theatre Exchange in 2014, at the age of 92, in Vigil. At 95, she continued her dedication to acting on the television series “Channel Zero” alongside Rutger Hauer. 


Prior to her arrival in Winnipeg, Doreen served in the RAF, came to Canada as a war bride, then maintained a forty-year career as a swimming instructor, to which she attributes her lifelong fitness. Her mental sharpness is a direct result of her years as an actor.


Doreen was awarded the Order of Manitoba in 2017, and has earned Lifetime Achievement Awards from ACTRA, CAEA, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Winnipeg Jewish theatre.

Exuberance, chutzpah, joie de vivre, determination, generosity and love are the ingredients in Doreen’s recipe for a long, rich life. She is held in unparalleled esteem by all who know her. Young, old, or in between, Doreen Brownstone is an inspiration to us all.