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The Award goes to… 2014 Jessie Award Winners!

The 32nd Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held Monday, June 23rd at the Commodore Ballroom saluting excellence in theatre. The past year over 40 companies registered over 70 productions, contributing to a dynamic theatre community. Once again, Vancouver TheatreSports produced the evening’s ceremony, having the evening move along effortlessly with their infused humour.

The Jessies are divided into three categories – Large Theatre, Small Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences – along with a variety of special awards. There were a total of nine theatre companies that had productions nominated in the Large Theatre category. Pacific Theatre led the way with a total of 4 Jessie wins – their production of The Seafarer won for Outstanding Production.  In The Foreigner, John Voth won for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, along with Peter Carlone and Erla Faye Forsyth who both won for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role.  Bard on the Beach received a total of 3 awards with Colleen Wheeler garnering an award for her lead role performance in Elizabeth Rex while Hamlet received two Jessies – Kim Collier for Outstanding Direction and Torquil Campbell and Chris Dumont for Outstanding Sound Design. The Arts Club Theatre Company’s presentation of the entertaining Avenue Q won for Outstanding Musical along with the talented cast being recognized for Outstanding Ensemble Performance securing an award for Significant Artistic Achievement.

The Small Theatre category had awards spread out among eight productions. Bob Frazer won a Jessie with his amazing performance in Whose Life is it Anyway? presented by Realwheels Theatre with Adrian Muir also winning for Outstanding Lighting Design. Hardline ProductionsOf Mice and Men received two Jessies, one to Alec Willows for his Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role, and Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Malcolm Dow for Sound Design, while ITSAZOO Productions was acknowledged for its innovative work, Killer Joe, being awarded for Outstanding Production in this category as well as Meaghan Chenosky for her supporting role performance.  For Outstanding Direction, Richard Wolfe nabbed the award for the new work by Jason Rothery, Inside the Seed.

In the Theatre for Young Audiences, Théâtre la Seiziéme was recognized for its production of Extra-Céleste with Anita Rochon awarded for her Outstanding Artistic Creation by directing this extraordinary work, as well as Dominic Duchesne and Lauren Jackson for their Outstanding Performances.  Busytown, produced by Carousel Theatre for Young People captured Outstanding Production in this category.

Following is a complete list of the Winners.

32nd Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Winners

LARGE THEATRE
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role - Large Theatre
John VothThe ForeignerPacific Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role - Large Theatre
Colleen WheelerElizabeth RexBard on the Beach
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Large Theatre
Peter CarloneThe ForeignerPacific Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Large Theatre
Erla Faye ForsythThe Foreigner
Outstanding Lighting Design - Large Theatre
Jeff HarrisonFloyd CollinsPatrick Street Productions
Outstanding Set Design - Large Theatre
Drew FaceyArtGateway Theatre
Outstanding Costume Design - Large Theatre
Barbara ClaydenProudFirehall Arts Centre
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition Large Theatre
Torquil Campell & Chris DumontHamletBard on the Beach
Outstanding Direction - Large Theatre
Kim CollierHamletBard on the Beach
Outstanding Production Musical- Large Theatre
Avenue QArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Production Play- Large Theatre
The SeafarerPacific Theatre
Significant Artistic Achievement - Large Theatre
Scott Bellis,
Jeny Cassady, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kayla Dunbar, Evangelis Kambites, Andrew MacDonald Smith, Andy Toth
Avenue QArts Club Theatre CompanyOutstanding Ensemble Performance
SMALL THEATRE
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Small Theatre
Bob FrazerWhose Life is it Anyway?Realwheels Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Small Theatre
Emmelia GordonDissolveShameless Hussy Productions
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Alec WillowsOf Mice and MenHardline Productions
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Meaghan ChenoskyKiller JoeITSAZOO Productions
Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre
Adrian MuirWhose Life is it Anyway?Realwheels Theatre
Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre
Drew FaceyPenelopeRumble Theatre
Outstanding Costume Design – Small Theatre
Marti WrightUncle VanyaBlackbird Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Small Theatre
Matthew MacDonald-Bain, Malcolm DowOf Mice and MenHardline Productions
Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre
Richard WolfeInside the SeedUpintheair Theatre
Outstanding Production – Small Theatre
Killer JoeITSAZOO Productions
Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre
Keith Murray,Mark Sylvester, Christine Reimer, Philip Birkby, Danielle Marlene Gotell, Samantha Tsang, Bill Moysey, Eric Rhys Miller, William Hales, Paul Dutton, Maziar MehrabiNothing But SkyThe Only AnimalOutstanding Achievement in Integrated Design
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences
Dominic Duchesne and Lauren JacksonExtra-CélesteThéâtre la Seiziéme
Outstanding Design –Theatre for Young Audiences
Cathy Nosaty, GrahamOckley, Stephanie Kong, Al Frisk, Carolyn Rapanos, Mac HillerDesign Ensemble- Jack and the BeanPresentation House Theatre
Outstanding Artistic Creation – Theatre for Young Audiences
Anita RochonDirection - Extra- CélesteThéâtre la Seiziéme
Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences
BusytownCarousel Theatre for Young People
Significant Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences
Drew FaceyOutstanding Body of Work
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Jason Patrick RotheryInside the SeedUpintheair Theatre
GEORGIA STRAIGHT CRITICS' CHOICE INNOVATION AWARD
This Stays in the RoomHorseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre
ADDITIONAL AWARDS
Patron of the Arts Award Darlene Howard
Mary Phillips Prize for Behind-the-Scenes AchievementBonnie Allan
Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer Jay Clift
John Moffat & Larry Lillo Prize Richard Wolfe
GVPTA Career Achievement Award Christopher Gaze
Sydney Risk PrizeBilly Marchenski
Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre David Kerr
Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director Brian Cochrane