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Our Mission

Our goal is to celebrate, recognize, and acknowledge excellence in the theatre arts by presenting annual awards that reflect the diversity and depth of talent among Winnipeg’s theatre artists in production and performance.

Who we are

The awards are run by a non-profit, volunteer organizing committee and overseen by the advisory board. Anonymous jury members are chosen to reflect the diverse composition of our city and operate at arm’s length from the organizing committee. The Winnipeg Theatre Award’s season will run annually from September 1st to August 31st.

Evie Anderson

Evelyne “Evie” Anderson was an inspiration to generations of performers in Winnipeg with a performing career spanning over 50 years. Having appeared in 52 productions for The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 25 productions for Rainbow Stage, as well as performing at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Dry Cold Productions and Stage West in Winnipeg. A diverse performer, she took on leading roles in musicals, classical works, and contemporary American and Canadian plays. Evelyne was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Winnipeg Theatre Awards in 2017.

“...A chance for the local arts community to toast a year’s worth of stellar stage work.”
— Jill Wilson, Winnipeg Free Press

Nomination Process

Any Eligible productions are automatically nominated and posted on the website prior to the award season’s start. At that time, if an eligible production has not yet been listed on the website, please contact the Organizing Committee at least 45 days prior to the performance.

The Nominations Chair will bring any questionable eligibility issues to the Organizing Committee. Should a production be deemed ineligible, no elements of that production will be eligible for nomination. Should a production be deemed ineligible, the producing organization will receive notice to that effect.

Productions deemed ineligible may submit a written letter to the Organizing Committee requesting that the production be reconsidered under special circumstances. The request should outline the reasons the production should be considered eligible. Such reasons could include factors such as potential audience size, number of performances, the reputation of the producing organization within the community, production history and commitment to employing professional artists. Upon receiving such a request, the Organizing Committee will consider it during its next regular meeting and after discussion, a vote will be taken. Simple majority will rule. The decision of the Organizing Committee will be final.

At this time, we will not consider Opera or Dance productions. However, as the capacity of the awards committee grows, we will consider adding these disciplines to our awards categories. We welcome feedback from the Opera and Dance communities on their interest in being involved in the Winnipeg Theatre Awards.