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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

Nominations Announced for the 31st DORAS

Nominations Announced for the 31st DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Hamlet Takes Top Spot in General Theatre Production Division with 6 Nods
The Mill Front-runner with 7 Nominations in the Independent Theatre Production Division
The Flying Dutchman Flies High for Opera with 7 Nods
The Toxic Avenger Musical Ahead with 5 Nominations in Musical Theatre Division
PARIS 1994/GALLERY and this time Tie in Dance Division
Roseneath Theatre Leads in TYA Division

Toronto, June 2, 2010 – At a press conference held today at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 174 nominations for 225 eligible productions that opened between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010 for the 31st annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto.

For the 2009-2010 season, 113 producing companies registered eligible productions. A total of 35 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award, the Pauline…

  • Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010

R.H. THOMSON Presented with Barbara Hamilton Award

Celebrated and actor and director R.H. THOMSON Presented with Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award

Toronto, June 2, 2010 – The Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award was inaugurated in 1996 and is given to a Canadian artist who demonstrates excellence in the performing arts and is dedicated to advocating and being an ambassador for the arts in Canada. The Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award is sponsored by the City of Toronto, and the recipient is awarded with a scroll and a cheque for $1,000 from the City.

The Award was established to recognize Barbara Hamilton’s illustrious career and her remarkable canon of work. A list of previous winners reads as a who’s who of legendary Canadian performers: Don Harron, George Luscombe, John Neville, Douglas Campbell, Mervyn Blake, Charmion King, Maureen Forrester, Eric Peterson, William Hutt, Martha Burns, Albert Schultz, Karen Kain, Fiona Reid and Colin Mochrie.

The winner of this year’s Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award is R.H. Thomson, a…

  • Monday, 31 May 2010

Natasha Parsons Honoured with LMJH Award

Natasha Parsons Honoured with Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award

Toronto, June 2, 2010 – The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award (LMJH Award) was inaugurated in 2008 and recognizes the important work of theatre, dance and opera administrators. Recipients of the LMJH Award have at least 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts, in addition to having made an impact on the industry in Toronto. The Award is named after Leonard McHardy and John Harvey, the celebrated owners of Toronto’s Theatrebooks, which they co-founded in 1975, and now stands as one of the longest surviving independent bookstores in the country.

This year’s recipient is Natasha Parsons, a diligent, warm-hearted individual who, in her 16 years working in the Box Office and Front of House at Tarragon Theatre, has become a beloved staple of both Tarragon and Toronto’s theatre scene, leaving her mark on casts, crews and audiences alike.

Natasha Parsons began working at Tarragon Theatre…

  • Monday, 31 May 2010

31ST ANNIVERSARY OF DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Announces 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS Monday June 28, hosted by JIAN GHOMESHI

Toronto, May 14, 2010 – The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) proudly announces that the 31st anniversary of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, celebrating extraordinary Toronto talent, will take place on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre, hosted for the second year in a row by CBC Radio personality Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio One’s flagship arts show, Q.

New this year, the always-fabulous After-Party will be even more awesome as it transforms Front Street into a giant street party in front of the theatre where surprise guest performances await.

Jian Ghomeshi has been the host of CBC Radio One’s Q since its inception in 2007. Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning timeslot in CBC

  • Monday, 17 May 2010
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