Siminovitch Prize

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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 celebrates a professional director, playwright or designer, an acknowledged leader in the theatre whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize also encourages and supports emerging talent with a protégé prize awarded to a theatre artist chosen by the recipient.

The prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore Siminovitch, a pioneering playwright.

Winners and Finalists

Year Winner Finalists
2001 (director) Daniel Brooks
2002 (playwright) Carole Fréchette
2003 (designer) Louise Campeau
2004 (director) Jillian Keiley
  • Lois Brown[1]
  • Martin Faucher
  • Eric Jean
  • Jillian Keiley
  • Alisa Palmer
2005 (playwright) John Mighton
  • Daniel MacIvor, Toronto, ON (Marion Bridge)[2]
  • Joan MacLeod, Victoria, BC (The Shape of a Girl)
  • John Mighton, Toronto, ON (Half Life)
  • Daniel David Moses, Kingston, ON (The Moon and Dead Indians)
  • Wajdi Mouawad, Montreal, QC (Incendies)
  • Djanet Sears, Toronto, ON (The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God)
  • Vern Thiessen, Edmonton, AB (Einstein's Gift)
2006 (designer) Dany Lyne
  • Bretta Gerecke, Edmonton, AB, Set & Lighting Designer[3]
  • Judith Bowden, Niagara on the Lake, ON, Set & Costume Designer
  • Dany Lyne, Toronto, ON, Set & Costume Designer
  • Anick LaBissonnière, Montreal, QC, Set Designer
  • Danièle Lévesque, Montreal, QC, Set Designer
2007 (director) Brigitte Haentjens
  • Ron Jenkins, Edmonton, AB[4]
  • Alisa Palmer, Toronto, ON
  • Soheil Parsa, Toronto, ON
  • Brigitte Haentjens, Montreal, QC
2008 (playwright) Daniel MacIvor
  • Daniel Maclvor, Toronto, ON (A Beautiful View)[5]
  • Morwyn Brebner, Toronto, ON (The Optimists)
  • Colleen Murphy, Toronto, ON (The December Man)
  • Larry Tremblay, Montreal, QC (Abraham Lincoln va au théâtre)
  • Daniel Danis, St-David de Falardeau, QC (Le Langue-à-Langue des chiens de roche)
2009 (designer) Ronnie Burkett
  • Jean Bard, Montreal, Quebec[6]
  • Ronnie Burkett, Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario
  • Bretta Gerecke, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Anick Labissonnière, Montreal, Quebec
  • Richard Lacroix, Montreal, Quebec
  • Ken MacDonald, Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario
2010 (director) Kim Collier
  • Kim Collier, Vancouver, British Columbia[7]
  • Ron Jenkins, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Ross Manson, Toronto, Ontario
  • Alisa Palmer, Toronto, Ontario
  • Soheil Parsa, Toronto, Ontario
  • Jennifer Tarver, Toronto, Ontario
2011 (playwright) Joan MacLeod
  • Robert Chafe, Newfoundland[8]
  • Jasmine Dubé, Quebec
  • Greg MacArthur, Alberta/Quebec
  • Joan MacLeod, British Columbia
  • Mansel Robinson, Saskatchewan
  • Larry Tremblay, Quebec
2012 (designer) Robert Thomson
  • Alan Brodie, Vancouver, British Columbia[9]
  • Richard Feren, Toronto, Ontario
  • Anick La Bissonière, Montreal, Quebec
  • Richard Lacroix, Montreal, Quebec
  • Robert Thomson, Montreal, Quebec
2013 (director) Chris Abraham
  • Chris Abraham[10]
  • Marie-Josée Bastien
  • Benoît Vermeulen
2014 (playwright) Olivier Choinière[11]

External Links


  1. Five Canadian Directors Make Short List for 2004 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  2. Seven Outstanding Canadian Playwrights Make Short List for 2005 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  3. Five Outstanding Canadian Designers Make Short List for 2006 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  4. Four Outstanding Canadian Directors Make Short List for 2007 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  5. Five Outstanding Canadian Playwrights Make Short List for 2008 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  6. Six Outstanding Canadian Designers Short Listed for 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  7. Six Outstanding Canadian Directors Make Short List for 2010 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  8. Six Outstanding Canadian Playwrights Short Listed for 2011 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  9. Five Outstanding Canadian Designers Short Listed for 2012 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
  10. Shortlist Announced for 2013 Siminovitch Prize for Theatre
  11. Olivier Choinière named recipient of 2014 Siminovitch Prize, Annick Lefebvre is Protégée
  12. Shortlist Announced for 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre