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Capital Critics Circle announces annual theatre awards

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Vigilante,   Photo by David Cooper,                        Best professional production

Phot Maria Vartanova

    • Other Desert Cities, best community theatre,   Photo Maria Vartanova

 
The Capital Critics Circle today announced the winners of the nineteenth annual theatre awards for plays presented in English in the National Capital Region during the 2016-2017 season. The winners are:

Best professional production:    Vigilante written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, Catalyst Theatre, in association with the NAC.

Best production community:  Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Geoff Gruson, Ottawa Little Theatre

Best director professional: Esther Jun for her direction of The Last Wife (more…)

The Elephant Girls – Celebrating 100 Performances

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Margo MacDonald

Margo MacDonald

The Elephant Girls turns 100!

Come see The Elephant Girls and help us celebrate 100 performances of this multi-award winning show. One Night Only!

The Elephant Girls premiered at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in 2015 where it broke box office records, won rave reviews, and all the top awards. The show has been touring in Canada and overseas ever since. Now as Margo MacDonald reaches an amazing one hundred performances, we look forward to presenting The Elephant Girls in its hometown to celebrate. Come see the show, then stay for drinks and a Q&A session with creator/performer Margo MacDonald and director Mary Ellis.

“Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.”
(Brian McDonald, Gangs of London) (more…)

PLAYWRIGHT MARCUS YOUSSEF WINS 2017 SIMINOVITCH PRIZE IN THEATRE

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Prize awarded Monday, November 6 at the National Arts Centre

November 6, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Playwright Marcus Youssef has been named the 2017 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s most prestigious prize in Theatre. This year marks the 17th year of the Prize, which was celebrated at a ceremony today in the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre, hosted by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Anne-Marie Cadieux. The award of $100,000 is the largest theatre prize in Canada. Mr. Youssef will receive $75,000 and Christine Quintana, whom he has chosen as his protégée, will receive $25,000.

Mr Youssef was one of four talented playwrights on this year’s shortlist, which also included Evelyne de la Chenelière, Hannah Moscovitch, and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. (more…)

Koffi Kwahulé: Lauréat du Grand Prix de Littérature Dramatique 2017

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Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que Koffi Kwahulé est lauréat du TheatGrand Prix de Littérature Dramatique 2017 (ARTCENA) pour sa pièce L’Odeur des arbres aux Editions Théâtrales.
https://www.editionstheatrales.fr/auteurs/koffi-kwahule-73.htmlhttps://koffikwahule.jimdo.com/l-odeur-des-arbres/

Capital Critics announces award nominees. New play category will replace student award this year!

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OTTAWA, October 10, 2017 – The Capital Critics Circle today announced the nominees for the nineteenth annual English-language theatre awards for plays presented in the National Capital Region during the 2016-2017 season.

The nominees are:

Best professional production:

Candida by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Laurel Smith, Classic Theatre Festival

Children of God written, composed and directed by Corey Payette, an Urban Ink (Vancouver) production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) 

Kill Me Now by Brad Fraser, directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, a Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg) production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre

The Last Wife by Kate Hennig, directed by Esther Jun, a GCTC/Belfry (Victoria) co-production

Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Dave Dawson, Black Sheep Theatre

Vigilante written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) in association with the NAC.

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Kwame Kwei-Armah – New Director of the Young Vic in London

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“>You’re told you can’t do this. I’ve tried to go: yes we can’

The new artistic director of the Young Vic in London will break the arts glass ceiling for African-Caribbeans. It’s a role he has performed before in Baltimore, making theatre about police violence and experiencing the ‘rage’ gripping the US . Portrait: Alicia Canter for the Guardian by

Kwame Kwei-Armah’s imposing face has just been splashed all over the news. Last week he was appointed artistic director of Young Vic in London, one of Britain’s most prestigious theatres. It’s a great job, make no mistake. But there was something more to it than that. He is the first African-Caribbean director to run a major British theatre.
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THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE’S EXTRAORDINARY PRESIDENT AND CEO PETER HERRNDORF TO STEP DOWN IN 2018

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Peter Herrndorf
CEO of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Photo David Kawai

 

September 18, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Peter Herrndorf, the President and CEO of the National Arts Centre, will be stepping down on June 2, 2018, after leading Canada’s largest performing arts organization for 18 years—and ushering in  a period of extraordinary growth for the institution.

Herrndorf is credited with transforming the NAC artistically through major national and international performing arts projects and physically through the $225.4M Architectural and Production Renewal project that was supported by the Governments of both former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the current Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (more…)

Le Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry annonce la mort d’Adel Hakim

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Adel Hakim

 29 AOÛT 2017 /

Nous avons la tristesse de vous annoncer le décès d’Adel Hakim, survenu le mardi 29 août 2017 à Ivry.

Adel est décédé chez lui, entouré de ses proches. Il n’a pas pu, comme il le souhaitait, mourir à Zurich , auprès de l’association Dignitas.

Il a souhaité expliquer son choix et son engagement de mourir dans la dignité dans une lettre que nous nous vous communiquons. Nous vous remercions de prêter attention à cet adieu.

Elisabeth Chailloux
et le Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry – Centre Dramatique National du Val-de-Marne

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Christina Watt is performing a Cross-Canada concert.

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Hello Friends,
This Sunday, Sept 10, World Suicide Awareness Day, I am honored to be invited to perform in a cross-Canada concert in recognition of this day and its significance worldwide. Twenty-one hours of continuous concerts. Other Ottawa performers include Christiane Riel (Soprano), John Avey (bass-baritone); Yvonne Cox (harp); Leopoldo Erice (piano); Isabelle Gagnon (harp); Michelle Gott (harp) Sandra Graham (mezzo-soprano) David Jalbert (piano) Renée Lapointe (mezzo-soprano) Christiane Riel (soprano) Claire Stevens (piano) Louis Trépanier (guitar).
The event, from morn to night, NFLD to BC, will be live-streamed. Below is the link and also an article.

Sudbury’s Miriam Cusson receives 2017 John Hirsch Director’s Award

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Toronto, September 6, 2017 – Sudbury theatre director Miriam Cusson will receive this year’s John Hirsch Director’s Award on Tuesday, September 12 during the Zones Théâtrales festival at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. The same evening, the festival will feature a workshop presentation of Miriam’s newest work, Parmi les éclats, which will premiere in 2018 at the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.

Miriam Cusson. winner of the John Hirsch Award for directing.

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