Toronto: June 12, 2014 Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is thrilled to announce Toronto theatre creator Jordan Tannahill as the winner of the inaugural Queer Emerging Artist Award. The award was presented at a gala event at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on Thursday, June 12 commemorating the company’s 35th anniversary.
Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award seeks to recognize and encourage the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the theatre while engaging with the community. Tannahill was selected by a panel of adjudicators comprised of the current and former Artistic Directors of the company: Brendan Healy, David Oiye, Sarah Garton Stanley, and Sky Gilbert. He will be presented with a $1,000 cash prize in recognition of his work. This award was made possible by a gift from the Estate of John Alan Lee.
“The selection committee is thrilled to be able to offer Jordan this award. Out a pool of a very exciting artists, Jordan stood out of an account of his talent, artistic versatility, curiosity, and leadership within the community,” said Buddies in Bad Times’ Artistic Director, Brendan Healey. “We are proud that he will be the first person to receive this annual award.”
Tannahill’s impressive body of work precisely reflects the criteria of the Queer Emerging Artist Award. Over his relatively short career he has worked with numerous arts institutions including Necessary Angel, Canadian Stage, Summerworks, the National Theatre School, Tarragon, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. In the past five years his company, Suburban Beast, has produced over twelve productions, garnering critical and popular acclaim for works such as rihannaboi95, Post Eden, Late Company and most recently All Our Happy Days Are Stupid. At 26 he is a multi-talented creator: a playwright, director, filmmaker, and author who produces challenging, innovative, and undeniably queer art.
In 2012 Tannahill opened Videofag, a storefront theatre in the heart of Kensington market, with his partner William Christopher Ellis. Videofag has quickly become an inclusive, cultural hub for experimental theatre in Toronto. It provides a space for marginalized artists and has housed some of the city‘s most provocative new works.
Tannahill articulated his gratitude, “Buddies has profoundly informed who I am as an artist, a political creature, and a member of the queer community. I feel deeply honoured to receive Buddies Emerging Queer Artist Award.”
Jordan Tannahill’s rigorous commitment to developing his own queer artistic voice, as well as his continued effort to fostering Toronto’s queer arts community is commendable. It is with great pleasure that Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents him with the 2014 Queer Emerging Artist Award and looks forward to his future endeavors.
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Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a professional Canadian theatre company dedicated to the development and presentation of queer theatre. Over the course of its history, it has evolved into the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world and has made an unparalleled contribution to the recognition and acceptance of queer lives in Canada.