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Nominations Announced for 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards



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The Bluma Appel Community Trust continues its special gift: a $5,000 prize will be awarded at the Dora Awards ceremony on June 25 to the winning playwright of Outstanding New Play in the General Theatre Division for the twelfth year in a row, in addition to the continuation of Bluma’s Indies comprised of a cash prize of $1,000 per winning category in the Independent Theatre Division.

For the fourth year in a row, the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts will provide a cash prize of $1,000 each to the recipients of Outstanding Performance - Female and Outstanding Performance - Male in the General Theatre Division.



In addition, the recipient of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Leadership in Administration (LMJH Award) was announced. The recipient of the 2018 Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award is the exceptionally talented freelance arts producer Sue Balint whose range of skills spans producing, development, marketing, graphic design and dramaturgy. The award recognizes the important work of theatre, dance and opera administrators and is named after the founders of Toronto’s Theatrebooks (1975 to its closure in 2014). The winner receives a plaque and a cheque for $1,000 through the generous sponsorship of the late Elizabeth Comper. 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. Sue has established herself as a bridge between various communities with a focus on culturally diverse artists and companies. Her work in the Toronto theatre community has been and continues to be transformative. Sue Balint’s most recent and current projects include four years as festival producer for Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS and RUTAS panamericanas festivals, three years as festival producer for Progress (SummerWorks/The Theatre Centre), and two years as festival producer of Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts).



Last year, TAPA renamed the Audience Choice Award to the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award in honour of the beloved, long-time NOW Magazine theatre critic. TAPA’s Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award is co-sponsored once again this year by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square. The public is invited to choose a winner and vote for their favourite show from the list of nominees for Outstanding Production – or they can choose their own! Theatre, dance and opera fans can cast their votes online at beginning May 31 at noon through to June 20 at 12 midnight. …The winner is announced at the Dora Awards show ceremony and receives a special plaque from NOW Magazine.



39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards

- Toronto's Theatre, Dance and Opera Awards -


Monday June 25, 2018

Hosted by Astrid Van Wieren, currently starring in the Broadway run of the award-winning Come From Away

Written by Diane Flacks, Directed by Edward Roy

Lighting and Production Design by Andrea Lundy, Produced by Jacoba Knaapen


At the Winter Garden Theatre of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre,

189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1M4


6:00pm-7:00pm Pre-Show VIP Cocktail Reception in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

7:30pm Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show in the Winter Garden Theatre

10:30pm After-Party in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre


Regular Tickets for Awards Show & After-Party: $90.00 (+HST & Ticketmaster fees)
Student, Senior, Artsworker Tickets for Awards Show & After-Party: $70  (+ HST & Ticketmaster fees)

For tickets, visit the Elgin Theatre Ticketmaster Box Office at 189 Yonge St

or call 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or book online at

$20 After-Party ONLY Tickets can be purchased only onsite at the event beginning at 10:30pm

For $190 VIP Tickets ­– LIMITED AVAILABILITY – Pre-show VIP Reception, Dora Awards Show, After-Party:
email Scott Dermody at


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