Best Production sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities: Calendar Girls, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone
Burnaby Award sponsored by Langley Players Drama Club: Blackbird, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone
Best Director sponsored by Nanaimo Theatre Group: Tanya Laing Gahr, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone
Best Actress sponsored by Home Building Centre: Beth Devolder, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone
Best Actor sponsored by TBC Okanagan Zone: Julian Ratz, Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Central Interior Zone
Best Supporting Actress sponsored by Sun Life Insurance:
Claire Lindsay, Between Shifts Theatre, North Shore Zone
Best Supporting Actor sponsored by TBC Central Interior Zone: Barry Goodsell, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone
Best Ensemble sponsored by Courtenay Little Theatre: Halo, Malone Hanson, Breanne Poole, Syndney Gazso, Graysen Braun, Hailey Hanson, Caylen Braun, Yiorgos Sahamis, Erica Revin, Abigail Colibaba, Johathon Woyke, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Fraser Valley Zone
Best Lighting Design sponsored by Christie Lites Sales: The Best Brothers, Donald Willer, Marianne Brorup Weston, Terrace Little Theatre, Skeena Zone
Best Sound Design sponsored by Kal Tire: No Exit, Graham Coates, Theatre in the Country, Fraser Valley Zone
Best Set Design sponsored by Powerhouse Theatrical Society: Hand to God, Sheryl-Lynn Lewis, Jamie Regier, Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Central Interior Zone
Best Set Decorating/Properties sponsored by BC Drama Association Theatre BC: Blackbird, Bronwyn Hall, Dennis Szalai, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone
Best Costume Design sponsored by Doug Perri & Norman White: Collected Stories, Jane Still, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone
Bill Elliott Award Best Performance by Youth or Novice sponsored by TBC North Shore Zone: Graysen Braun, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Fraser Valley Zone
Darrell Philips Workshop Award sponsored by Theatre Kelowna Society: Mary’s Wedding, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone
Backstage Cooperation Award sponsored by TBC North Island Zone: E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone
Best Graphic Design, Awarded by Sproing: Amanda Homeniuk, Heath Fletcher
Program: Ronan Lannuzel, Collected Stories, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone
Brochure: Linda Hampshire, Courtenay Little Theatre Society, North Island Zone
Poster: Melanie Iddon,Love Letters,Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Fraser Valley Zone
Most Creative Product: Melanie Iddon, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Fraser Valley Zone
Winners Announced in National Playwriting Competition
May 18, 2017 – Theatre BC’s 2016 Canadian Playwriting Competition has wrapped up and winners in three categories have been chosen. This year’s Full Length Prize winner of $1000 is Arthur Holden of Westmount, Quebec, for his play The Past. Arthur is a professional writer and actor with numerous film and TV credits. A number of his plays have been professionally produced. In addition to the cash prize, The Past will be extensively workshopped at this year’s Mainstage Festival in Vernon, BC, July 1 – 8.
This year’s Special Merit Prize of $500 goes to Andrew Lee of Hamilton, Ontario, for his one act play, Bad Mash. An experienced playwright, Andrew’s plays often focus on representations of memory and mental illness. Productions of his plays have appeared in a number of festivals in Ontario.
The One Act Prize of $750 goes to Shawn Erker of Vancouver, BC, for his play, Singularity. Born in Saskatoon, Shawn is also an actor and writer of seven shows that have appeared in Fringe Festivals across the country. He is also a successful actor.
This year marked the return of the competition to a national stage and there were 80 entries from eight provinces and the Yukon. From these the judges chose six finalists, the other three finalists were Pot Kettle Black by William Marchant of Vancouver, The Queer Trial by Jennifer Wise of Victoria, and The Festinger Effect by David Campbell of Black Diamond, Alberta.
This year’s judges were Garry Davey, Keith Digby, and Sally Stubbs. Garry is also the former artistic director of the William Davis Centre for Actor’s Study in Vancouver. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and has worked on stages across the country as well as on film and television. Keith has adjudicated and directed for theatre for many years. He is also a screen writer and the second of his “claustrophobic” thrillers, Container, co-written with Brian Paisley is scheduled to shoot next year. Sally is an award winning playwright and educator with an MFA in Playwriting. Her plays have been produced, presented and studied in Canada, Sweden, India and South Africa. Her play, And Bella Sang With Us was named Pick of the Vancouver Fringe this year.
Many thanks to TBC staff, the host committee, our volunteers, the board, and the City of Kamloops for hosting a wonderful event. Thanks also to the Mainstage Patrons and Sponsors of the Thespian Awards. And of course thanks to our wonderful adjudicator, Jeff Hyslop, for sharing his wisdom and expertise from over 50 years of performance experience with our performers, designers and crew.