ABOUT JESSIE RICHARDSON
Jessie Richardson was an extraordinary individual whose supportive involvement in Vancouver theatre spanned over four decades. She began in the 1930s, in the Vancouver Little Theatre Association, where she acted, directed, and designed costumes. In the mid-50s, she helped to form the children’s touring company Holiday Theatre, which later became Playhouse Holiday Theatre. Jessie’s contributions to the growth and vitality of Vancouver’s theatre scene were the foundation on which our current thriving theatre community was built. She gave us a sense of community and purpose, and we are proud to present these annual awards in her name.
ABOUT THE JESSIE SOCIETY
The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society is a non-profit charitable organization that exists to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community by producing the annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The society was formed in 1997, and took over the production of the Awards Ceremony from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, who had presented it since its beginning in the 1982-83 season.
Diversity and inclusion means nourishing the values of empathy, reciprocity, compassion and responsibility, all while empowering the voices of those who have been historically silenced.
The Jessies acknowledge the existence of barriers and take active steps to address the changing needs of the community. Diversity sparks possibilities through willingness and the spirit of openness. The Jessies lead by taking risks to create opportunities for its members and the community at large. We invite members to be open, seek clarity and take on responsibility of leadership.
When we empower each other, we connect courage with gratitude; this connection nourishes a truthful voice.
We are committed to fostering a safe and respectful community in which everyone benefits from a sense of belonging wherein our diverse experiences are validated, and from that, grow a resilient community.
In the pursuit of equality and accessibility, our job is to actively listen to, see and acknowledge the marginalized, tear down all barriers, and embody inclusion in everything we do.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Jessies Society Board of Directors is comprised of theatre professionals from all segments of the theatre community. The society establishes and monitors three juries for each season’s awards, as well as establishing and overseeing policy and procedure governing the Awards. These policies and procedures are outlined in a document called the Guidelines for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The guidelines are reviewed annually by the Jessie Review Committee, a sub-committee of the Board, which then makes recommendations to the entire Board of Directors. Any Jessies Society member (company or individual) may obtain a copy of the current guidelines by contacting the Jessies Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-2017
Awards Show Chair
JETHELO E. CABILETE
Special Awards Chair
LISA C. RAVENSBERGEN
Members at Large
Jessies Review Committee
STEVEN GREENFIELD (Co-chair)
ANDREA LOEWEN (Co-chair)
VALERIE SING TURNER
LISA C. RAVENSBERGEN
Jessie Richardson Awards Society
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