The recipient of the 2018 Silver Ticket Award is the highly acclaimed and esteemed actor David Fox, who is widely known for his remarkable and carefully crafted performances, as well as for his unwavering commitment to new Canadian work and his mentorship of younger artists. The Silver Ticket was presented to Mr. Fox at the 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, held Monday evening, June 25, in the Winter Garden Theatre of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.

Established in 1980, the Silver Ticket Award is bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), the Silver Ticket Award is given to an individual selected by a committee made up of previous winners and it entitles the recipient to a lifetime of theatre tickets to any TAPA member company production.

A high school teacher prior to his first performance in Theatre Passe Muraille’s The Farm Show in 1972, forty-six years later, in 2018, he is still working at his craft. Over the course of a long and varied career, David Fox has traveled across Canada from coast to coast and worked in every conceivable theatrical space possible - from the Stratford Festival and Royal Alexandra Theatre to the tiniest of alternative venues, in both his home base of Toronto as well as elsewhere. David has made immense contributions to original Canadian plays through new play workshop processes where his skill and long experience as an actor provide an invaluable dramaturgical resource.

Many of David Fox’s memorable characters and performances are found in the countless plays in which he originated roles; and which went on to become some of the most iconic works in Canada. In addition to The Farm Show, he performed in the premieres of other historically significant collective creations under Paul Thompson’s direction for Theatre Passe Muraille including 1837: The Farmer's Revolt and Them Donnellys. Other premieres of major Canadian works include Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy for Theatre Passe Muraille (1999 - for which he earned a Dora Award for his performance as the gentle Angus), George F. Walker’s The Art of War (1983, Factory Theatre), Nothing Sacred (1988, Canadian Stage), and David S. Young’s adaptation of the great Alistair MacLeod novel No Great Mischief  (2004 and 2012, Tarragon Theatre), among others.

In tandem, David Fox has created memorable characters in works from all over the globe such as: the unrequited lover in Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper Theatre, 2014), the second-hand furniture dealer in Arthur Miller’s The Price (Soulpepper, 2011), the aging and terrifying “patriarch” in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (National Arts Centre, 2009), the 30-something stewardess and others in Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon (Tarragon 2012), and many more.

Recently, David brought his talent, skill and passion to bear to create an unforgettable King Lear in a production by North Bay's Watershed Shakespeare Collective at Theatre Passe Muraille (2015) which he followed in 2017 with his powerful, self-produced, one-man presentation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at Toronto’s diminutive Red Sandcastle Theatre.  He also won Edmonton’s Sterling Award for the Citadel Theatre’s The Invention of Poetry by Paul Quarrington as well as a Robert Merritt Award for Michael Cook’s Jacob’s Wake in Nova Scotia.

David Fox’s colleagues in the theatre community are unabashed fans who speak about his unwavering principles, extraordinary humour, kindness, generosity and immense talent. He has played both mighty and modest roles; critics have hailed him as  “venerable,” “watchable no matter what,” “remarkably versatile,” “utterly captivating,” and more. He is integral to Toronto’s theatrical history and has been committed throughout his career to a vibrant Canadian theatre.

The Silver Ticket Award, inaugurated in 1980, is presented by TAPA to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the stage in the Toronto area. The distinguished panel of past Silver Ticket winners considers individuals who have worked professionally in the performing arts industry and not only have excelled in their own careers, but also contributed to the development of Canadian theatre by helping and encouraging others. This award entitles the recipient to a lifetime of complimentary tickets to TAPA member company productions.

The theatre community and the public are invited to submit names for consideration by the committee.

Eligibility Criteria

Deadline for nominations: April 4, 2019 - 5:00pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: Nominations may be submitted for up to 3 years consecutively, after which the nominee may not be considered for 2 years.
The deceased are not eligible for consideration.


In order to nominate an individual for the Silver Ticket Award, please supply the following information:

  • Nominator’s Name, Title, Company, Phone and Email
  • Nominee's Name, Phone/ Email
  • Nominee’s Bio
  • Headshot or Photograph of the Nominee (if possible)
  • Cover Letter (Why you feel that the nominee should be awarded the Silver Ticket, up to 2 pages).
  • optional: Letters/Paragraphs in support of the nominee (up to 3 pages)
Deadline for nominations: April 4, 2019 - 5:00pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.
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Member Responsibilities

The Silver Ticket Award Recipient is selected by a committee composed of previous award recipients from a slate of nominees submitted by the TAPA Membership. The recipient is presented with an award, and is entitled to two (2) free tickets to any production by a member company of TAPA for life. As a member of TAPA, we thank you for your continued support in recognizing the achievements of these recipients.

Please take a moment to review the following guidelines:

  • As a Member of TAPA, companies must surrender two (2) tickets to any Silver Ticket Award Recipient who requests them
  • Tickets are based on availability. TAPA Member companies reserve the right to refuse tickets to Silver Ticket recipients based solely on ticket availability (i.e. the show requested is sold out)
  • Silver Ticket recipients are required to reserve 48 hours in advance of performance date requested

Please review the list of recipients, post it in your box office and inform your box office staff and publicist.

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