AND THE DORA GOES TO . . .
Obsidian Theatre nets Outstanding Production for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play in General Theatre Division
The Musical Stage Company snags Outstanding Production for Next to Normal in Musical Theatre Division
Human Cargo nabs Outstanding Production for The Runner in Independent Theatre Division
Canadian Opera Company wins Outstanding Production for Eugene Onegin in Opera Division
DanceWorks earns Outstanding Production for Blood Tides in Dance Division
Harbourfront’s Junior Festival nets Outstanding Production for New Owner in Theatre for Young Audiences Division
The 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2018-2019 season were handed out in a star-studded celebratory ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Tuesday, June 25 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, hosted by the multi-talented, multi-award-winning Rick Miller, well-known for his widely acclaimed one-man shows that include MacHomer, BOOM and Bigger Than Jesus (Dora Award for Outstanding Performance, 2006).
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 2018-2019 season, which ran May 2018 to May 2019, 108 producing companies registered 219 eligible productions. All performance categories for the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards are gender-inclusive; all former binary male and female designations were replaced in favour of gender-inclusive “Outstanding Performance” awards. A total of 49 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award, in honour of the late and beloved NOW Magazine senior theatre writer, were given out.
SILVER TICKET AWARD:
The Silver Ticket Award is bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. It entitles the recipient to a lifetime of theatre tickets to any TAPA member company production. It was presented to the highly acclaimed and esteemed Peggy Baker, an artist of great talent who is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding and influential dancers and choreographers of her generation.
JON KAPLAN AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD:
TAPA’s Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production, co-sponsored by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square, was also handed out. The public was invited to vote online from a list of Outstanding Production nominees in all divisions, or choose their own favourite. Presented with a commemorative plaque, the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award received a record number of votes and the winner is the musical Next to Normal (produced by The Musical Stage Company, presented by David Mirvish).
FULL RECIPIENT LIST: