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Toronto, June 23, 2014 – The 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2013/2014 season were handed out in a star-studded ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Monday, June 23 at Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage, hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, Second City alumni and founding members of the National Theatre of the World.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are produced and presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. For the 2013-2014 season, 143 producing companies (up 41 from last season’s 102) registered 222 eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award, and the Audience Choice Award were given out.
Canadian Stage and Soulpepper Theatre Company tie to lead the pack with each taking home 7 Dora Awards; Soulpepper with 7 in the General Theatre Division and Canadian Stage with 6 in Musical Theatre and 1 in General Theatre.

In the General…

  • Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014

Diana Leblanc Awarded with the 2014 Silver Ticket

Toronto, June 23, 2014 – Actor and director Diana Leblanc was presented with the Silver Ticket Award at the 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, held Monday evening, June 23, 2014 at Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage in Toronto.

Since 1980, the Silver Ticket Award has been bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their own career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), the Silver Ticket Award is given to a person selected by a committee of previous winners, and it entitles the recipient to a lifetime of theatre tickets to any TAPA member company production.

Ms. Leblanc has been an influential and important force in the Toronto theatre community for many years. As an award-winning director, actor, and artistic director of vision and inspiration, she has worked extensively in both French and English theatre. While her work has taken her across the country from Victoria to Halifax…

  • Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014

VIP Presenters Announced for 35 Anniversary Doras

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Announces
VIP presenters for the
35th ANNIVERSARY DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS
Monday, June 23, 2014

Toronto, June 17, 2014 – The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced the VIP presenters for the 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, to be held on Monday, June 23 at at Harbourfront Centre for the very first time.

The award ceremony will be held on the WestJet Stage, a 1,300-seat outdoor concert venue covered by a transparent roof with open sides.

Co-hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards celebrate Toronto’s vibrant performing arts scene. Baram and Snieckus wowed the audience last year with their wit and improv chops. On Toronto’s biggest opening night of the year, 48 Dora Awards as well as the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award will be handed…

  • Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014

35th ANNIVERSARY DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

A Starry Night Ahead for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards!
Harbourfront Centre announced as new venue for 35th ANNIVERSARY DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Co-hosted by the hilarious, award-winning Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram

Toronto, May 28, 2014 – The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) today announced the date, creative team and an exciting new venue for the 35th anniversary of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards which celebrate extraordinary Toronto talent in the performing arts. The award ceremony will take place on June 23 and, for the very first time, will be held at Harbourfront Centre. The new outdoor venue will offer additional seating for this consistently sold-out event under the stars at the WestJet Stage, a 1,300-seat outdoor concert venue covered by a transparent roof with open sides.
TAPA is also pleased to announce the artistic team for the Dora Awards. Last season’s show was deemed one of the very best in its…

  • Monday, 02 Jun 2014

Date, Host and New Awards for the Dora Awards

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Announces
Date, Host and New Awards for
34th ANNUAL DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS
Monday, June 24, 2013
Co-hosted by the hilarious, award-winning Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram

Toronto, May 1, 2013 – The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) proudly announces that the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, celebrating extraordinary Toronto talent in the performing arts, will take place on Monday, June 24 at 7pm at the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, co-hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, Second City alumni and founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning improv company, The National Theatre of the World.

TAPA also announces that, after a 23-month assessment process and vote of its membership, this year’s ceremony features 13 new award categories, bringing the total to 48 Dora Awards that will be handed out on Toronto’s biggest theatre night of the year. The addition…

  • Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Date and Host for 33rd Annual Doras Announced

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Announces Date and Host for 33RD ANNUAL DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Monday, June 25, 2012

Shaw Festival and Broadway star Thom Allison to host

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) proudly announces that the 33rd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, celebrating extraordinary Toronto talent in the performing arts, will take place on Monday, June 25 at 8pm at the St.Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre.

The awards will be hosted by Dora-nominated actor and current Shaw Festival star of Ragtime, Thom Allison who just finished a year-long run on Broadway with the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Playwright and actor Chris Earle returns for his second time to pen the show, while Sandra Lefrançois returns for a third time to direct. Acclaimed musical director Glenn Morley also returns for his third time. Lighting is by nine-time Dora winner Andrea Lundy who returns for her eleventh consecutive year.

The…

  • Monday, 04 Jun 2012

Nominations Announced for the 32nd DORAS

At a press conference held June 7 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 171 nominations for 197 eligible productions that opened between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011 for the 32nd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto.

For the 2010-2011 season, 106 producing companies registered eligible productions. A total of 35 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award, the Pauline McGibbon Award and the Audience Choice Award will be given out in a glittering ceremony hosted by Craig Lauzon and Michaela Washburn on Monday, June 27 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre.

In the General Theatre Production Division, Soulpepper Theatre Company leads overall with 9 nods for 6 productions in this division (plus 1 in the Musical Theatre Division for a total of 10 nods). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Blasted and Factory Theatre’s Brothel #9 tie for top…

  • Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011

32nd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards Announced

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Announces 32ND ANNUAL DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS Monday June 27, 2011

Toronto, May 9, 2011 – The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) proudly announces that the 32nd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, celebrating extraordinary Toronto talent in the performing arts, will take place on Monday, June 27 at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre.

The awards will be co-hosted by Gemini-nominated comedian/writer/actor Craig Lauzon of CBC-TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce and actress Michaela Washburn, Dora-nominated for her principal role in Theatre Passe Muraille’s Such Creatures. Dora-winning playwright Chris Earle pens the script for the first time while Sandra Lefrançois returns for a second time to direct. Lighting is by nine-time Dora winner Andrea Lundy who returns for the tenth consecutive year.

New this year is a Red Carpet outside the entrance to the theatre where guests will be given star…

  • Tuesday, 10 May 2011

31st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners

31st Annual DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS Celebrating Excellence in Toronto’s Performing Arts

AND THE DORA GOES TO …

Luminato, Soulpepper, Tarragon and Theatrefront Tie Lead with 4 Awards Each

In the General Theatre Production Division:
Soulpepper’s PARFUMERIE Leads with Three Awards including Outstanding Production & Direction
Tarragon’s COURAGEOUS and IF WE WERE BIRDS Each Take Two Wins including Outstanding New Play for Courageous & Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role for If We Were Birds

In the Independent Theatre Production Division:
Theatrefront’s THE MILL Leads with Four Awards including Outstanding Production
DVxT’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW Captures Three Wins including Outstanding Direction & Male and Female Outstanding Performance

In the Dance Division:
Factory’s THIS TIME Scores Two Awards including Outstanding Original Choreography & Performance

In the Opera Division:
Canadian Opera Company’s THE NIGHTINGALE AND OTHER

  • Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010

Lokki Ma Honoured with 2010 Pauline McGibbon Award

Toronto, June 28, 2010 – Production Craftsperson Lokki Ma is the 2010 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award. The announcement was made by the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture at the 31st Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Awards were presented today at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre.

About the recipient:
Lokki Ma is a builder, buyer and coordinator of props who started her theatre career in Toronto with Metcalf Foundation support for a props internship with The Canadian Stage Company during its 2007/2008 season. In three years, Lokki has collaborated on several projects with Ontario theatre companies and cultural organizations:

  • She was head of props for Blyth Festival’s 2007 and 2009 seasons, as well as for Theatre Direct’s Binti’s Journey and Walking the Tightrope.
  • At Tarragon Theatre, her build credits also include If We Were Birds, Molière, Mimi and Ubuntu.
  • Most recently, Lokki worked with Native Earth…

  • Monday, 21 Jun 2010
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