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Winners of the 2015 Jessie Awards!

The 33rd Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held Monday, June 22nd at the Commodore Ballroom honouring the best of the theatrical season. The dynamic theatre community had an outstanding year with over 40 companies registering over 70 stage productions enhancing the cultural vibrancy of our city that is unique to live performances. Vancouver TheatreSports created a fun filled entertaining evening that contained a few surprises this year.

Recognizing excellence in theatre, the Jessies are divided into three categories – Large Theatre, Small Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences – along with a variety of special awards. The big winner in the Large Category and in the Theatre for Young Audiences was Théâtre la Seizième. Of the seven theatre companies with nominations, their production of À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou swept the Large Theatre category. The Michel Tremblay work garnered six awards, including Craig Holzschuh for Outstanding Direction as well as actors Joey Lespérance and France Perras for their lead performances. Julie Trépanier won for her supporting role, Drew Facey for Set Design, and the play also snapped up Outstanding Production. The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Saint Joan won two Jessie awards with Dean Paul Gibson winning for his supporting role and Alessandro Juliani for his Outstanding Sound Design. Gateway Theatre’s production of Crazy for You garnered awards for Julie Tomaino for Outstanding Choreography and Carmen Alatorre for Outstanding Costume Design. Lauchlin Johnston earned a Jessie for his Outstanding Lighting Design for Pacific Theatre’s The Whipping Man.

There were a total of 21 production companies nominated in the Small Theatre Category. Ruby Slippers Theatre won a total of three Jessies with talented thespians Scott Bellis and Jennifer Lines winning for their Outstanding Performances in the production of After Me (Après Moi) and Mara Gottler was acknowledged for her Outstanding Costume Design for The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson. Pi Theatre won three Jessies for its riveting and intense work, Blasted, the award winners include – Jeff Harrison for Lighting, Drew Facey for Set Design, and Richard Wolf for Outstanding Direction. Delinquent Theatre earned two awards, one for Outstanding Musical and one for Mishelle Cuttler’s Outstanding Sound Design for STATIONARY: a recession-era musical. Our Town by Osimous Theatre won for Outstanding Production of a Play along with Significant Artistic Achievement. Peter Carlone won a Jessie for his supporting role in Hunter Gatherers by Staircase Theatre as did Lindsey Angell for her supporting role in Iceland by Dirt Road Productions.

In the Theatre for Young Audiences, Théâtre la Seizième was recognized for its production of Selfie with Rachel Peake being awarded for her Outstanding Artistic Creation and Julie Trépanier, Siona Gareau-Brennan and Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin winning for their Outstanding Performances. A Jessie was taken home by Dusty Hagerud and Tara Travis for their set design for The Little Prince by Monster Theatre and Jessica Oostergo and Shizuka Kai for Outstanding Design Concept for Hamelin – A New Fable by Axis Theatre. Celestial Being produced by Green Thumb Theatre captured Outstanding Production in this category.

Following is a complete list of the Winners.

LARGE THEATRESponsored by CMHC Granville Island
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role - Large TheatreSponsored by Bayswater Neuromuscular Massage
Joey LespéranceÀ toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-LouThéâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role - Large TheatreSponsored by Red Management
France PerrasÀ toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-LouThéâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Large TheatreSponsored by Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Dean Paul GibsonSaint JoanArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Large Theatre
Julie TrépanierÀ toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-LouThéâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Lighting Design - Large TheatreSponsored by Christie Lights
Lauchlin JohnstonThe Whipping ManPacific Theatre
Outstanding Set Design - Large Theatre
Drew FaceyÀ toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-LouThéâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Costume Design - Large Theatre
Carmen AlatorreCrazy for YouGateway Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition Large TheatreSponsored by Woodhouse & Associates
Alessandro JulianiSaint JoanArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Direction - Large TheatreSponsored by Coast Freight Systems
Craig HolzschuhÀ toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou Théâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Production Play- Large TheatreSponsored by King Talent
À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-LouThéâtre la Seizième
Significant Artistic Achievement - Large TheatreSponsored by Fusion Cine
Julie TomainoCrazy for YouGateway TheatreOutstanding Choreography
SMALL THEATRESponsored by Stage One Accounting
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Small TheatreSponsored by Union of BC Performers
Scott BellisAfter Me (Après Moi)Ruby Slippers Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Small TheatreSponsored by Union of BC Performers
Jennifer LinesAfter Me (Après Moi)Ruby Slippers Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Peter CarloneHunter GatherersStaircase Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Small TheatreSponsored by UBC Theatre & Film
Lindsey AngellIcelandDirt Road Productions
Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre
Jeff HarrisonBlastedPi Theatre
Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre
Drew FaceyBlastedPi Theatre
Outstanding Costume Design – Small TheatreSponsored by DA Architects
Mara GottlerThe Duchess a.k.a. Wallis SimpsonRuby Slippers Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Small TheatreSponsored by IATSE 118
Mishelle CuttlerSTATIONARY: a recession-era musicalDelinquent Theatre
Outstanding Direction – Small TheatreSponsored by Laura Murray PR
Richard WolfeBlastedPi Theatre
Outstanding Production – Musical - Small TheatreSponsored by Vancouver Fringe Festival
STATIONARY: a recession-era musicalDelinquent Theatre
Outstanding Production – Play - Small TheatreSponsored by Vancouver Fringe Festival
Our TownOsimous Theatre
Significant Artistic Achievement – Small TheatreSponsored by PuSh Festival
Bob Frazer, Craig Erickson, Quelemia Stacey Sparrow, Jessica Ross-Howkins, John Shaw, Dawn Petten, Lauren Jackson Chris Cope, Varya RubinOur TownOsimous TheatreOutstanding Ensemble Performance
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCESSponsored by Arts Umbrella
Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences
Julie Trépanier, Siona Gareau-Brennan, Vincent Leblanc-BeaudoinSelfieThéâtre la Seiziéme
Outstanding Design –Theatre for Young Audiences
Dusty Hagerud and Tara TravisThe Little PrinceMonster TheatreProps Design
Outstanding Artistic Creation – Theatre for Young AudiencesSponsored by Bingham & Company Chartered Accountants
Rachel PeakeSelfieThéâtre la Seiziéme
Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences
Celestial BeingGreen Thumb Theatre
Significant Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences
Jessica Oostergo & Shizuka KaiHamelin, A New FableAxis TheatreOutstanding Design Concept & Execution
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Hiro KanagawaIndian ArmRumble Theatre
GEORGIA STRAIGHT CRITICS' CHOICE INNOVATION AWARDSponsored by the Georgia Straight
Foreign RadicalTheatre Conspiracy
ADDITIONAL AWARDS
Patron of the Arts Award Stan Hamilton
Mary Phillips Prize for Behind-the-Scenes AchievementScott Ashton Swan
Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer - Sponsored by The Talent HouseSarah Mabberley
John Moffat & Larry Lillo Prize Jill Daum
GVPTA Career Achievement Award - Sponsored by The GVPTA Jerry Wasserman
Sydney Risk PrizeChristine Quintana
Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre - Sponsored by ActSafe Lorraine West
Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director Cameron Mackenzie