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VANCOUVER, BC—“Own the Stage” was the theme of the 28th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, the awards ceremony honoring Vancouver’s vibrant theatre community and its artistic achievements. Vancouver Theatresports, producer of the event, created an entertaining and fast paced show honoring theatre companies large and small at the Commodore Ballroom on June 20. Big winners included the Playhouse Theatre Company in the Large Theatre category and Carousel Theatre in the Theatre for Young Audiences category.

Winning six Jessies in the Large Theatre category was the Playhouse Theatre Company with The Miracle Worker receiving Outstanding Production along with Alessandro Juliani for Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition and Elena Juatco received Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a lead Role for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The Playhouse’s production of Beyond Eden won three Jessies, two of which were garnered by Bretta Gerecke for Outstanding Set Design and her costume design. Outstanding Lighting Design was awarded to Alan Brodie & Kevin Lamotte. The Arts Club Theatre Company followed with a total of four awards, two going to their production of Billy Bishop Goes to War; garnering a Jessie for Ryan Beil for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role and to Sarah Rodgers for her Outstanding Direction. The additional two Jessies were awarded to Nicola Lipman for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role for Black Comedy and Bruce Kellett on Significant Artistic Achievement for Outstanding Musical Direction of Les Misérables. Scott Bellis earned a Jessie for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Bard on the Beach’s All’s Well that Ends Well.

Awards in the Small Theatre category were evenly divided with two Jessies going to Touchstone Theatre/Felix Culpa/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre for their production of Palace of the End with Laara Sadiq winning for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role and to David Bloom, Katrina Dunn and Mindy Parfitt for their direction. Meg Roe and Craig Erickson were both acknowledged for outstanding performances in supporting roles for their work in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, produced by Blackbird Theatre Company. Queen Lear, a Presentation House Theatre/Western Gold Theatre production won for outstanding sound and set design. Anthony F. Ingram won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for his role in Shameless Hussy Productions’ presentation of Frozen, and Presentation House Theatre won for The Edward Curtis Project. Finally, the costume design award went to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe produced by Pacific Theatre.

It was a sweep for Carousel Theatre in the Theatre for Young Audiences category, with their production of A Year with Frog & Toad winning Outstanding Production, as well as Outstanding Artistic Creation for Gordon Roberts’ Musical Direction, and awards for outstanding performances were given to Darren Burkett, Janet Gigliotti, Kaylee Harwood, Todd Talbot, and Allan Zinyk. Heidi Wilkinson was awarded Outstanding Design for her contribution to 3 Carousel productions.

Numerous Special Awards were also handed out, honouring new directors, performers, writers, designers and significant patrons of the arts. A complete list of winners is below.

LARGE THEATRE CATEGORY

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Ryan Beil, Billy Bishop Goes to War
Arts Club Theatre Company (co-production with Persephone Theatre)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Elena Juatco,
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Playhouse Theatre Company
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Scott Bellis,
All’s Well that Ends Well
Bard on the Beach
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nicola Lipman,
Black Comedy
Arts Club Theatre Company
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Lighting Design
Alan Brodie & Kevin Lamotte,
Beyond Eden
Playhouse Theatre Company (co-production with Theatre Calgary)
* * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Set Design
Bretta Gerecke,
Beyond Eden
Playhouse Theatre Company (co-production with Theatre Calgary)
* * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Costume Design
Bretta Gerecke,
Beyond Eden
Playhouse Theatre Company (co-production with Theatre Calgary)
* * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition
Alessandro Juliani,
The Miracle Worker
Playhouse Theatre Company
* * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Direction
Sarah Rodgers,
Billy Bishop Goes to War
Arts Club Theatre Company (co-production with Persephone Theatre)
* * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Production
The Miracle Worker, Playhouse Theatre Company
* * * * * * * * * *
Significant Artistic Achievement
Bruce Kellet
, Les Misérables, Arts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Musical Direction

SMALL THEATRE CATEGORY

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Anthony F. Ingram, Frozen
Shameless Hussy Productions
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Laara Sadiq,
Palace of the End
Touchstone Theatre/Felix Culpa/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Craig Erickson,
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Blackbird Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Meg Roe,
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Blackbird Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Lighting Design
John Webber,
The Edward Curtis Project
Presentation House Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Set Design
Pam Johnson,
Queen Lear
Presentation House Theatre/Western Gold Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Costume Design
Naomi Sider,
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Pacific Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition
Peggy Lee,
Queen Lear
Presentation House Theatre/Western Gold Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Direction
David Bloom, Katrina Dunn, Mindy Parfitt,
Palace of the End
Touchstone Theatre/Felix Culpa/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Production
after homelessness, Headlines Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Significant Artistic Achievement
Company of
after homelessness and Headlines Theatre
Outstanding Innovation in Theatre as a Contribution to Community

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Outstanding Performance
Darren Burkett, Janet Gigliotti, Kaylee Harwood, Todd Talbot, Allan Zinyk
A Year with Frog & Toad, Carousel Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Design
Heidi Wilkinson, Body of Work
Love You Forever…and More Munsch – Set, Puppet and Props Design
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Props Design
A Year with Frog & Toad – Set and Props Design
Carousel Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Artistic Creation
Gordon Roberts, Musical Direction
A Year with Frog & Toad, Carousel Theatre
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Outstanding Production
A Year with Frog & Toad, Carousel Theatre

JESSIE RICHARDSON AWARD ORIGINAL SCRIPT
John Murphy, True Story
(r)evolution theatre

SPECIAL AWARDS
Ray Michael Award for Outstanding Work and/or Body of Work by an Emerging Director: Meg Roe
Mary Phillips Prize for Behind the Scenes Achievement: Chris Allan
Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer: Kaylee Harwood
John Moffat and Larry Lillo Prize: Karin Konoval
Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright: John Murphy
Patron of the Arts Award: Lionel Johnston
GVPTA Career Achievement Award: Kathryn Shaw
The Innovation Award: Antigone Undone--Leaky Heaven Circus

For more info about the Jessies, please visit www.jessies.ca.



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