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Further Update for 36th Annual

Dora Mavor Moore Awards Nominations

 

Soulpepper Theatre Leads in General Theatre Division with 13 Nods. 

Aluna Theatre Heads up Independent Theatre Division with 9 Taps. 

Spoon River and The Wild Party Tie with 8 Nods each to Lead Musical Theatre Division. 

Canadian Opera Company Front-runner in Opera Division. 

DanceWorks and Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage Fly High with a Tie of 7 Taps each in Dance Division. 

Young People’s Theatre Fronts Theatre for Young Audiences Division.

 

Toronto, June 4, 2015 – Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) has further updated the General Theatre Division nominations for the 36th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards since the original June 1 announcement and June 2 update, summing up all the changes as follows:

"The nominations for the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the categories of Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Lighting Design in the General Theatre Division are now withdrawn for Tarragon Theatre's Toronto staging of An Enemy of the People. As noted by Tarragon when they initially produced the play, the artists' work relating to these categories was based on the Schaubühne Theatre production in Germany, directed by Thomas Ostermeier, and was not wholly original to those nominated. All the nominees referenced above in these specific categories have officially requested for their names to be withdrawn. TAPA in no way wishes to misrepresent any of these artists and, as requested, has respected their wishes and withdrawn their nominations. This is in no way a reflection of the members of the Dora jury or their hard work and the commitment they have all demonstrated this past year. TAPA recognizes the complexity of contemporary theatre creation practices and apologizes for any administrative errors that may have led to these particular nominations."

As previously announced, 117 producing companies registered eligible productions for the 2014-15 season; and 48 Dora Awards, the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award will be given out in a glittering ceremony on Monday, June 22 at Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage hosted by multi-award–winning actor and comedian Gavin Crawford.

 

GENERAL THEATRE DIVISION:

 

Soulpepper Theatre Company leads the General Theatre Division with 13 nominations, with an additional 8 nods in the Musical Theatre Division bringing its total to 21 with its Accidental Death of an Anarchist leading its team with 6 including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance - Male, Outstanding Performance - Ensemble.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is in second place in this division with 8 nominations for Tom at the Farm including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance - Male (x2), and Outstanding Performance - Female.

Soulpepper’s Twelve Angry Men and David Mirvish’s The Heart of Robin Hood (with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Barry and Fran Weissler) are also tapped for Outstanding Direction. (In total, Mirvish shows earned 13 nods - 6 taps in General and 7 in Musical Theatre Divisions.)

Soulpepper’s Twelve Angry Men, Tarragon Theatre’s An Enemy of the People and Theatre Passe Muraille’s Hooked are all up for Outstanding Production as well in the General Theatre Division. (With 5 nominations in the General Division - 3 for Hooked and 2 for The De Chardin Project - and 3 in Musical Theatre for Life, Death and the Blues, Theatre Passe Muraille tallies 8 taps in total over both divisions.)

Adding to Tarragon’s 3 nods for An Enemy of the People (including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance - Male), Tarragon’s Abyss and Infinity (a co-production with Volcano Theatre) are up for Outstanding New Play to bring its total to 5. Theatre Passe Muraille’s Hooked and VideoCabaret’s Trudeau and Lévesque (earning a total of 4) are also up for Outstanding New Play.

 

INDEPENDENT THEATRE DIVISION:

 

In the Independent Theatre Division, Aluna Theatre leads the pack with 9 nominations: 8 for Modern Times Stage Company/Aluna Theatre’s Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) – including taps for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance - Female and Outstanding Performance - Ensembleand a sole nomination for What I learned from a decade of fear for Outstanding New Play. 

Tying Modern Times Stage Company/Aluna Theatre’s 8 nods is Canadian Rep Theatre whose 8 taps are divided between How Do I Love Thee? (5 hits) and Watching Glory Die (3 taps), with both nominated for Outstanding New Play. How Do I Love Thee? also earns nods for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance - Female. 

Three companies follow closely with 6 nods apiece, each garnering them for a single show: Suburban Beast - Concord Floral, Actors Repertory Company - Moment and Quote Unquote Collective - Mouthpiece. Each of these three shows include picks for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble. The Theatre Centre/6th Man Collective’s Monday Nights also earned Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble nods as part of its 5 hits.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE DIVISION:

In the Musical Theatre Division, Spoon River (Soulpepper Theatre Company) and The Wild Party (Acting Up Stage Company) lead the pack with 8 nods each, followed closely by Once (David Mirvish) with 7 taps, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble for all three. In addition, The Wild Party and Once both get taps for Outstanding Performance - Male and Outstanding Performance - Female and Spoon River and Once each get a nod for Outstanding Direction. Spoon River also nabs an Outstanding New Musical/Opera pat along with Tapestry Opera for Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots, Against the Grain Theatre for #Uncle John and Soundstreams’ Airline Icarus. Young People’s Theatre’s James and the Giant Peach and Theatre Passe Muraille’s Life, Death and the Blues are both up for Outstanding Production as well.

Canadian Stage leads Outstanding Touring Production (open to General Theatre and Musical Theatre/Opera) with 3 nominations for Kiss & Cry, Nongogo and Ubu and the Truth Commission.

 

OPERA DIVISION:

In the Opera Division, Canadian Opera Company (COC) productions lead overall with a total of 14 nominations as well as another 15 in categories shared with the Musical Theatre Division, making for a total of 29 nods. The COC’s Die Walküre earns the COC the most nods over the two divisions from its season, 9 in total, including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance - Male, Outstanding Performance - Female and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble; while its Falstaff follows closely with 8.

 

DANCE DIVISION:

In the Dance Division, DanceWorks and Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage tie for top spot with 7 nods each with elsewhere (DanceWorks & adelheid dance projects) and This Is a Costume Drama (Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage presents The Deitrich Group) each garnering 3 spots. Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company follows with 4 taps for different works in Letters to Spain. For Outstanding Production, 2 of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage taps are for that category (Gudirr Gudirr and Me So You So Me); Luminato earns its 2 in that category for So Blue and Stones In Her Mouth while Canadian Stage nabs 1 in the same category for Dominion (to bring its total to 5 nods).

 

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DIVISION:

The Theatre for Young Audiences Division sees Young People’s Theatre (YPT) take the lead with 5 nods with 3 for To Kill a Mockingbird including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance - Individual and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble. (YPT also earns 4 taps in the Musical Theatre Division for James and the Giant Peach including Outstanding Production as noted above as well as Outstanding Performance - Male and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble for a total of 9 hits). Canada’s Ballet Jorgen and Theatre Direct follow with 4 knocks each for The Velveteen Rabbit and Beneath the Banyan Tree respectively, both up for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble. Roseneath Theatre also tallies 4: 2 for Outside and 2 for The Money Tree, both up for Outstanding New Play (as is The Velveteen Rabbit).

 

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See the accompanying complete list of nominees. The full list is also available online www.tapa.ca

Twitter: @doraawards  #DORAS2015

 

Of note, designers Michael Levine, Ken Mackenzie and Lorenzo Savoini are each up for 3 awards – but of these, only Michael Levine competes against himself for Outstanding Scenic Design in the Musical Theatre/Opera Division for the Canadian Opera Company’s Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung and Die Walküre.

And for the first time, the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts provides a cash prize of $1,000 each to the recipients of the Outstanding Performance - Female and Outstanding Performance - Male in the General Theatre Division.

As well, it was announced that the Bluma Appel Community Trust will continue its special gift: a $5,000 prize to be awarded at the Dora Awards ceremony on June 22 to the winning playwright of Outstanding New Play in the General Theatre Division for the ninth 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.

 

ANCILLARY AWARDS:

In addition, the recipients of the Pauline McGibbon Award, George Luscombe Award and Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award were announced.

Toronto-based theatre director and creator Mumbi Tindyebwa is the recipient of the 2014 Pauline McGibbon Award. It includes a $7,000 prize and a medal designed by Dora de Pédery-Hunt and is presented to a member of Ontario’s professional theatre community in the early stages of his or her career who has displayed a unique talent and a potential for excellence. The award is given each year by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and is administered by the Ontario Arts Council. The founder and artistic director of IFT (It’s A Freedom Thing) Theatre, she is also a 2015 co-director for the AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project and has directed and assistant directed with such companies as Obsidian Theatre, Canadian Stage, and Buddies in Bad Times among others.

The winner of this year’s George Luscombe Award is legendary dancer, choreographer and teacher Peggy Baker, Artistic Director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Artist-in-Residence at Canada's National Ballet School. The award recognizes an individual for mentorship in the performing arts community and is named after revolutionary theatre-maker George Luscombe who founded Toronto Workshop Productions in 1959. It is administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and comes with original artwork by Theo Dimson, a copy of Conversations with George Luscombe: Steven Bush in conversation with the Canadian Theatre visionary and a cash prize of $1,000 through the generous sponsorship of an anonymous donor. Ms. Baker has been honoured with numerous awards for her extraordinary achievements including the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Order of Canada, and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Numerous dance artists - seasoned and emerging - count Baker among their top influences and are recipients of her warm generosity with her time and knowledge.

The recipient of the 2015 Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award (LMJH Award) is Sue Edworthy. The award 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. Edworthy has worked in the non-profit performing arts sector for over fifteen years, working with organizations such as Artscape, Luminato, Opera Atelier and Theatre Passe Muraille. She founded Sue Edworthy Arts Planning in 2011, and is in demand as a social media, communications and strategic planning consultant.

 

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD:

TAPA’s 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 www.nowtoronto.com/doras. …The winner will be announced at the Dora Awards show ceremony and will receive a special plaque from NOW Magazine.

 

36th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards
Toronto's Theatre, Dance and Opera Awards - Monday June 22, 2015
Hosted by Gavin Crawford
5:00pm-7:00pm Pre-Show Red Carpet & VIP Reception ­at Harbourfront Centre’s Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West
7:30pm Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show at Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage, 235 Queens Quay West
10:30pm After-Party Under the Stars beside the lake at Harbourfront Centre
Written by Chris Earle, Directed by Edward Roy, Musical Direction by Waylen Miki,
Lighting and Production Design by Andrea Lundy, Produced by Jacoba Knaapen.
$87.00 for Awards Show & After-Party Tickets (General Admission),
available by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or online at http://harbourfrontcentre.com;
$15 After-Party Only Tickets can be purchased only onsite at the event beginning at 10:30pm;
For $175 VIP Tickets (Pre-show VIP Reception, Dora Awards Show, After-Party), email Scott Dermody at scottd@tapa.ca.
For information visit www.tapa.ca
Twitter: @DoraAwards    #DORAS2015 

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). In addition to the Doras, other programs and services provided by TAPA include: T.O. TIX - Toronto's Official One Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at www.totix.ca; Toronto’s Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 14 and 29; citySPECIAL; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; and the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program – TRIP. For more information visit www.tapa.ca and www.totix.ca.

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