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2019/2020 Winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards Announced

Toronto, ON, March 4, 2020 – The Ellen Ross Stuart Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2019/2020 winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards.

2019/2020 Award Recipients

Madeleine Brown
Madeleine Brown is a playwright and actor from Peterborough, Ontario now based in Toronto. Her last three comedies debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival including a sold-out run of Patron’s Pick Winner, Everyone Wants A T-Shirt!. She has previously received NOW Magazine Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Individual Performance and was an inaugural Nightwood Theatre Young Innovator. She is a graduate of UTM/Sheridan College as a Loran Scholar and Second City's Conservatory program. Madeleine volunteers with L’Arche Toronto and plays the euphonium with the Swansea Community Concert Band.

April Leung
April Siutong Leung 梁筱彤is a performer and playwright raised in Hong Kong, now based in Toronto. Her current work tends to examine what it means to be Chinese-Canadian, the sociopolitical aspects of Hong Kong, technology, as well as food. In addition to Inside the Claypot Rice, she is working with Mammalian Diving Reflex to develop (a) round table, a show based on inter-generational cooking and the passing of recipes. April was also selected by Cahoots Theatre as one of their thirty theatre-makers who will shape the next thirty years in Canadian theatre. www.aprilleung.com


2019/2020 Award Runner-Ups

Polly Phokeev
Polly Phokeev is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg, and actor. She holds an honours bachelor from U of T, and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at UBC. Her critically acclaimed play How We Are, created with Mikaela Davies, holds the 2016 Safe Words New Canadian Play Award and the 2016 My Entertainment World award for Outstanding New Work. How We Are has been produced in two sold-out independent productions in Toronto, as well as through the Kick and Push Festival in Kingston, ON. Other writing credits include Seams (SummerWorks 2015; noted in NOW Magazine for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Design, and Outstanding Production), and The Mess (with Mikaela Davies; nominated for 2017 My Entertainment Critics’ Choice Award). Polly was honoured with the inaugural Award for a Young Canadian Playwright through the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund in 2019. She is delighted to take part in Driftwood Theatre's inaugural playwrights unit in 2020. Polly is currently translating and adapting the classic Russian novel Master and Margarita with Mikaela Davies and Hailey Gillis (work-shopped with the Stratford Festival in fall 2019), and writing her new play Kostroma, as well as her debut novel.


Zahida Rahemtulla
Zahida Rahemtulla is an emerging writer of fiction and theatre. She studied Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi. She was a playwright in residence at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit, where she wrote her second play, The Frontliners. Her first play, The Wrong Bashir, was a national finalist for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's MSG Lab and Theatre BC’s 2019 Canadian Playwriting Competition. She’s also at work on a collection of short fiction and a humour novel for kids. Zahida is a graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio and has been a resident at the Banff Centre in Alberta and Millay Colony for the Arts in New York.



Loreta Seto Sepehr Reybod
Sepehr Reybod is an Iranian-born emerging actor, playwright, and creator based in Toronto. Select credits include The In-Between, Geordie Theatre; Blood + Soil, Theatre ARTaud; Territorial Tales, Canadian Stage. Sepehr was a member of Factory Theatre’s acting enhancement program, The Mechanicals, for their 2018-2019 season, and joins them again as a playwright in their Foundry unit for 2019-2020. His play-in-development Saffron & Caviar was presented publicly at the curated Parkdale New Works Theatre Festival in 2019. His next play is about orgies in the Middle East.



About the Award

Award recipients were selected by a Committee of theatre professionals comprised of Ross Stuart, Award Founder; Ann Stuart, Award Founder; Autumn Smith, Award Managing Director; Gil Garratt, Artistic Director at the Blyth Festival; Rona Waddington, director and writer; Joanna Falck, Dramaturg at Tarragon Theatre; and Doug Floyd, General Manager at Hart House Theatre.

Each winner receives prize money plus dramaturgical support and mentorship from three partner theatres, Hart House Theatre, the Blyth Festival and Tarragon Theatre, and will create a script that will be showcased in workshop form at the Tarragon Theatre in May 2021.

Previous award winners include Bessie Cheng (2018), Sophia Fabiilli (2018), and Chelsea Woolley (2018).

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For more information about the award and the application process contact:
Autumn Smith,  Managing Director
openingdoorsaward@gmail.com


For more information about the Ontario Arts Foundation:
Alan Walker, Executive Director
awalker@oafdn.ca
416-969-7413


Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019, the OAF paid over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships."

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Artist Shelley Niro awarded the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography

Toronto, February 26, 2020  – Shelley Niro is this year’s recipient of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. This year’s award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of art photography. Niro will be presented this $30,000 award at the Robert Langen Art Gallery on March 5th where she will be giving a lecture for her exhibition, “Something Cold and Hard Like Winter”. 

About Shelley Niro
Shelley Niro is a multidisciplinary artist and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Niro’s art has been featured in numerous exhibitions and museums across Canada and the United States, including the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Her artistic achievements have also earned Niro fellowships and residencies at major educational and cultural institutions.

She was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017, she received both a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Scotiabank Photography Award.


Jury Comments
The jury praised Niro’s work and her significant contributions to photography in Canada and beyond. “Throughout her long career, Niro has consistently pushed herself forward, using her photography to look unflinchingly at her life. Her inspiring work tells the story of what Canada is and challenges stereotypes with unapologetic directness. Through mentorship, teaching and leadership, she has encouraged artists of every age and in so doing passes the legacy forward.”

Shelley Niro was selected by a jury comprising of artist and Gallery Director Melanie Colosimo (Halifax, NS), artist and 2017 de Hueck / Walford award recipient Rosalie Favell (Ottawa, ON), and photographer Luther Konadu (Winnipeg, MB).


"500 Year Itch", Shelley Niro


About the Award

The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager.  The award recognizes in alternating years a classical or jazz keyboard artist, an art photographer, and a classical singer.  The winner is chosen through a nominating and adjudication process managed by the Ontario Arts Council. 

Previous award winners in the field of art photography include Rosalie Favell (2017), Moyra Davey (2015), and Larry Towell (2011). See the full list of previous recipients.

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019 the OAF paid over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2018-2019 the Ontario Arts Council invested $61.1 million in 228 communities across Ontario through 2,252 grants to individual artists and 1,424 grants to organizations.

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Announcing the Deborah Jarvis Award for Emerging Comediennes

Toronto, February 24, 2020 - A new annual award celebrating young comediennes at the beginning of their careers is being launched this spring. The Deborah Jarvis Award for Emerging Comediennes, sponsored by the Second City Training Centre in Toronto, will identify and award talented young comediennes at the beginning of their careers. The award is in honour of the late Deborah Jarvis, a much loved actor, comedienne and writer.

The inaugural award will be given at the showcase Drop Dead Funny; The Deborah Jarvis Award for Emerging Comediennes on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 8:00 PM, at the John Candy Box Theatre, Second City, 99 Blue Jays Way, featuring performances by the award recipient and shortlisted comediennes.


About Deborah Jarvis
Deborah Jarvis had a long varied career as both an actor, comedienne and writer. She acted in Toronto and at Stratford.  She played the early comedy clubs on Yonge Street when young women didn't do that.  She toured with the Second City National Touring Company and performed in the Second City Main Stage Company in Toronto where she worked with a young Mike Myers. She then turned to a career creating, writing and story-editing popular young people's television like Ready or Not, Majority Rules, Miss BG, Eckhart, Treasure Trekkers and Beat Bugs, for which the writing team won a Daytime Emmy. By the time she was ready to retire, her career encompassed story editing international teams of writers on three continents and working for world-spanning co-productions in multiple languages. Learn more about Deborah here >>


About the Award
The Second City Training Centre will oversee the award nomination and selection process.

The Deborah Jarvis Award Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation to provide the prize money for the award. Donations can be made online at https://www.oafdn.ca/donations/new - select the “Deborah Jarvis Award Fund” from the Fund drop-down menu. A charitable receipt for tax purposes will be issued.

(Second City Touring Ensemble, c. 1985, left to right, Barb Muller, Tim Sims, Ed Sahely, Pat Yeatman, John Costello, Deb Jarvis, Peter Sherk, Randy Vancourt, Tom Melissis)

“This award was established to encourage young female comics in taking the next steps towards a professional career in comedy,” says award co-founder and Deborah Jarvis’ husband John Corbett. “It is important to support and encourage comediennes at the beginning of their careers, a place where Deborah and every other female comic found herself at one time.”

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019 the OAF paid over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships. 

 Ce document existe également en français.

 

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