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Dora Awards Review 2017 – YOU ARE INVITED!

Design Categories at Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
A Community Discussion

Convened by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
and the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC)

Welcome to the Dora Awards Review conversation! TAPA and ADC are inviting designers of theatre, dance and opera productions in the Toronto area to discuss:

Dora Design Categories:

This facilitated community convening is a roundtable discussion. The focus of the conversation will be how design award categories of Toronto’s Dora Awards might better acknowledge current and emerging artistic practices within the performing arts community. Using the current structure and definitions of the Dora Award design categories as the conversation starter, we will examine potential adjustments based on feedback collected by TAPA of the needs and opinions expressed by the community. Please refer to the linked documents here for details of the current system (Eligibility Handbook and List of Award Divisions & Categories).

Results of this meeting will inform parts of the 5 Division Town Hall meetings with TAPA member companies occurring over the weeks following this Design Discussion.

In-person attendance is strongly encouraged if possible, though if you are unable to join us, you will be able to observe remotely via live streaming on TAPA’s Facebook Page.

Review Premise:

The Dora Awards Review Working Group overarching premise is to maintain the sustainability, integrity, relevance and prestige of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Dora Awards review process is in response to the evolving TAPA membership and in response to changing artistic practices. Additionally PAIS faces financial and practical limitations in sustaining the current Dora Awards structure. The Review Working Group is tasked with addressing these challenges by evaluating existing award Divisions, Categories and certain administrative processes. The Review Working Group must consider recommended solutions including reducing the total number of awards while taking into account limitations and changes. Recommendations will be arrived at and supported by:
1) TAPA via research & support tools and recommendations;
2) Experience of Working Group members;
3) The TAPA membership & community, via Town Halls and Community Convenings.

The Dora Review Working Group will make recommendations for amendments/changes to the Dora Mavor Moore Awards for approval by the TAPA Board of Directors, with certain amendments/ changes submitted for a vote to the TAPA membership at large, results of which to be applied in good timing for the 2018-2019 Dora registration season.


Dora Design Discussion Details:


David Abel

Monday, August 28, 2017, 3:30pm-6:00pm
Doors open 3:30pm, with sharp 4:00pm start.

401 Richmond Street West
Suite 350
TAPA Boardroom

When taking the elevator, exit to the right and following the way-finding signs for TAPA. We are at the northeast end of the building at end of hall with “CANADIAN PLAY OUTLET” sign.

by Wednesday, August 23 - LIMITED CAPACITY
Scott Dermody, Dora Awards Manager, TAPA

Gail Packwood, Executive Director, ADC


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