OTTAWA — Five directors are in the running for a $100,000 Canadian theatre award.
The Siminovitch Prize, which rotates on a three-year cycle to recognize contributions to different theatrical fields, is this year honouring excellence in directing.
Organizers say Maiko Yamamoto and James Long, co-artistic directors of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, are the first team of collaborators to share a spot on the short list.
Quebec City’s Christian Lapointe, who founded the Theatre Peril in 2000 and has run the Theatre Carte Blanche for the past six years, is also a contender.
The other finalists are Ravi Jain, founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre in Toronto, and Christian Barry, co-founder and artistic co-director of Halifax’s 2b theatre company.
The winner, who will be announced at a ceremony at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on Nov. 21, will receive $75,000 and will choose a protege to receive $25,000.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.
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