Last night, the winners of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights, New Comedy Award and New Musical Award were announced, at the inaugural Tom Hendry Awards ceremony at Stage West in Mississauga.
CAROL BOLT AWARD WINNER – DON HANNAH
Presented for the best work premiered by a PGC-member in the past year, the 2012 Carol Bolt Award was bestowed on Don Hannah for The Cave Painter. Jury: Florence Gibson MacDonald (Chair), Catherine Banks, Martin Kinch and Cynthia Zimmerman.
NEW MUSICAL AWARD WINNER – LORNE ELLIOTT
Presented annually for new musical work by a PGC-member, the 2012 New Musical Award was presented to Lorne Elliott for Jamie Rowsell Lives. Jury: Paul Ledoux (Chair), Mel Atkey, Jim Betts, and Adam Brazier.
NEW COMEDY AWARD WINNER – MICHAEL GRANT
Presented annually for the new comedy by a PGC-member, the 2012 New Comedy Award was presented to Michael Grant for Shorthanded. Jury: Norm Foster (Chair), Chris Earle, Klaus Schuller and Naomi Snieckus.
Additionally, a Lifetime Membership was bestowed on Norm Foster for his years of service and ongoing support of PGC.
Winner of PGC’s Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition, Leah Jane Esau (for Disappeared) was also on hand to receive her award. Capping off the evening, PGC gave the stage over to Theatre Ontario, who presented the 2012 Maggie Bassett Award to Dave Carley.
To view the synopses of the winning plays and playwrights’ bios, go to: http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/news/winners-inaugural-2012-tom-hendry-awards-announced
Playwrights Guild of Canada is a national arts service organization mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.