Announcing the 2017 Jessie Award Nominees

Vancouver, BC – This year celebrates the 35th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards with nominations announced at the Jessie Nominations Party held on Tuesday, May 23rd at the Pacific Theatre.

The productions this past year include many diverse productions in various venues and demonstrate the creativity, imagination, and skill of the extremely talented group of artists who bring their vision to life on the stage. The dynamic works add to the cultural richness and vibrancy not only to Vancouver and its residents, but also to the province and beyond.

The Jessie Awards are divided into three categories: Large Theatre, Small Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences along with other special awards. Here are some of the highlights of the nominations.

The Arts Club Theatre Company received the most nominations in the Large Theatre category. The company had 8 productions nominated earning a total of 24 individual nominations. Of the 8 productions, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches led the way with a total of 9 nominations that include Outstanding Production. In this amazing work actors Damien Atkins and Ryan Beil were noted for their Outstanding Performances, as well as Craig Erickson for Outstanding Supporting Actor and the renowned Gabrielle Rose for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role. The other noted productions include The Piano Teacher, Men in White and The Flick. The inventive production of Pericles, by Bard on the Beach, was the winner of 8 nods: securing nominations that include Lois Anderson for her Direction and the creative team of Malcolm Dow for Sound Design, Carmen Alatorre for Costume Design and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Significant Artistic Achievement acknowledgement. Touchstone Theatre scored 5 nominations for their riveting and fearless production of Brothel #9 with Katrina Dunn earning a nod for Direction. Moonlodge by Urban Ink and Straight Jacket Winter by Théâtre la Seizième also earned nominations for Outstanding Production.

The Small Theatre Category was extremely prolific with a total of 20 theatre companies and 21 productions nominated. There are three companies whose works each received 6 nominations; they include Walt Whitman’s Secret by the frank theatre company, Green Lake by Solo Collective and Redpatch by Hardline Productions. Following with 5 nominations each is Flare Path by Slamming Door and The Pipeline Project by ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre & the Gateway Theatre with Quelemia Sparrow nominated for her work in a lead role and Sebastien Archibald for his supporting performance, and an Outstanding Production nod.

Under the Theatre for Young Audiences category, The Little Onion Puppet Company garnered the most nominations with a total of 5 for their production of Freddie in the Neighbourhood that includes Outstanding Production. In this charming show, Randi Edmundson and Jess Amy Shead are each nominated for both Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Design for Randi’s puppet creation, as well as Jared Raschke also earning a nomination for Set Design. Leading in total nominations is Carousel Theatre for Young People receiving a total of 7 nods for 3 productions. Director Carole Higgins and Composer CJ McGillivray are acknowledged with nominations for On My Walk. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Axis Theatre and Baking Time by

Presentation House each received 4 nominations that include Outstanding Production.

There are also a number of additional awards and prizes that are included and presented at the award ceremony. The list includes: the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award the Patron of the Arts Award, the Mary Phillips Prize, the Ray Michal Prize for Emerging Director, the Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer, the John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Innovation Award, and the GVPTA Career Achievement Award.

The 35th Annual Ceremony will again be held at the beautiful Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, on Monday, June 26th, doors open at 5:30pm, ceremony at 6:30pm. Holding Space Production is producing the event again this year, creating a fun and swiftly moving event. Tickets are $29.50 plus service charges, through Ticketmaster 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

For further information visit www.jessies.ca. See the complete list of nominees below.

LARGE THEATRE

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role

Damien Atkins, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Ryan Beil, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Nolan Fahey, Billy Elliot: The Musical, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Nadeem Phillip, The Men in White, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Haig Sutherland, The Flick, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role

Shannon Chan-Kent, The Flick, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Megan Leitch, The Piano Teacher, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Adele Noronha, Brothel #9, Touchstone Theatre

PJ Prudat, Moonlodge, Urban Ink

Katharine Venour, Wit, Pacific Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Scott Bellis, Romeo and Juliet, Bard on the Beach

Craig Erickson, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Andrew McNee, Romeo and Juliet, Bard on the Beach

Valin Shinyei, Billy Elliot: The Musical, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Sanjay Talwar, The Men in White, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Lindsey Angell, How to Survive an Apocalypse, Touchstone Theatre

Luisa Jojic, Othello, Bard on the Beach

Erin Ormond, The Audience, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Gabrielle Rose, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Laara Sadiq, Brothel #9, Touchstone Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design

Itai Erdal, Moonlodge, Urban Ink

Gerald King, King of the Yees, Gateway Theatre

Robert Sondergaard, Rock of Ages, The Arts Club Theatre Company

John Webber, Pericles, Bard on the Beach

John Webber, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Set Design

Drew Facey, Brothel #9, Touchstone Theatre

Pam Johnson, Bakersfield Mist, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Lauchlin Johnston, The Flick, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Ken MacKenzie, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Amir Ofek, Pericles, Bard on the Beach

Outstanding Costume Design

Carmen Alatorre, Pericles, Bard on the Beach

Nancy Bryant, Romeo and Juliet, Bard on the Beach

Mara Gottler, King of the Yees, Gateway Theatre

Mara Gottler, Othello, Bard on the Beach

Christine Reimer, The Audience, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Sound Design or Original Composition

Torquil Campbell and Alessandro Juliani, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Steve Charles, Moonlodge, Urban Ink

Steve Charles, Othello, Bard on the Beach

Malcolm Dow, Pericles, Bard on the Beach

Patrick Pennefather, The Piano Teacher, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Direction

Lois Anderson, Pericles, Bard on the Beach

Kim Collier, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Katrina Dunn, Brothel #9, Touchstone Theatre

Esther Duquette, Édith Patenaude and Gilles Poulin-Denis, Straight Jacket Winter, Théâtre la Seizième

Gilles Poulin-Denis, Bonjour, là, bonjour, Théâtre la Seizième

Outstanding Production

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Brothel #9, Touchstone Theatre

Moonlodge, Urban Ink

Pericles, Bard on the Beach

Straight Jacket Winter, Théâtre la Seizième

Significant Artistic Achievement

Lyne Barnabé, Leanna Brodie, Thérèse Champagne, Siona Gareau-Brennan, Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, Emilie Leclerc, Annie Lefebvre and Joey Lespérance, Bonjour, là, bonjour, Théâtre la Seizième, Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Ian Butcher, Kayla Deorksen, Jeff Gladstone, Luisa Jojic, Kavyon Khoshkam, Sereana Malani, Kamyar Pazandeh, Luc Roderique and David Warburton, Pericles, Bard on the Beach, Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Rohit Chokhani, Outstanding Work in Expanding the Diversification of Vancouver Theatre Through Excellence in Festival Programming, Diwali Fest

Wendy Gorling, Pericles, Bardo on the Beach, Outstanding Movement Collaboration
SMALL THEATRE

Outstanding Performance by Actor in a Lead Role

Linden Banks, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Theatre Obscura

Raes Calvert, Redpatch, Hardline Productions

Aadin Church, Top Dog/Underdog, Seven Tyrants Theatre

Kyle Jespersen, The Fighting Season, Bleeding Heart Theatre

Tom Pickett, Walt Whitman’s Secret, the frank theatre company

Outstanding Performance by Actress in a Lead Role

Siona Gareau-Brennan, The Fighting Season, Bleeding Heart Theatre

Alexandra Lainfiesta, Green Lake, Solo Collective

Quelemia Sparrow, The Pipeline Project, ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre and the Gateway Theatre

Lori Triolo, Bug, Reality Curve Theatre

Deborah Williams, 5@50, Zee Zee Theatre / Ruby Slippers Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Sebastien Archibald, The Pipeline Project,  ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre and the Gateway Theatre

Jesse Martyn, Flare Path, The Slamming Door Artist Collective

Ashley O`Connell, Flare Path, The Slamming Door Artist Collective

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Reneltta Arluk, Redpatch, Hardline Productions

Yoshié Bancroft, Ithaka, dream of passion productions & Excavation Theatre

Kayla Deorksen, Green Lake, Solo Collective

Sarah May Redmond, And Bella Sang with Us, And Bella Artists Collective

Donna Soares, Green Lake, Solo Collective

Outstanding Lighting Design

Itai Erdal, O’wet/Lost Lagoon, Alley Theatre in association with Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Itai Erdal, Walt Whitman’s Secret, the frank theatre company

Jonathan Kim, The City and The City, Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal presented as part of the PuSH Festival

Jonathan Kim, The Nether, redcurrant collective

Andrew Pye, Flare Path, The Slamming Door Artist Collective

Outstanding Set Design

Michelle Allard, Walt Whitman’s Secret, the frank theatre company

Lauchlin Johnston, Creeps, Realwheels Theatre

Lauchlin Johnston, Long Division, Pi Theatre

Heipo Leung, Betrayal, Ensemble Theatre Company

Yvan Morisette, Green Lake, Solo Collective

Outstanding Costume Design

Carmen Alatorre, Walt Whitman’s Secret, the frank theatre company

Christopher David Gauthier, Creeps, Realwheels Theatre

Christopher David Gauthier and Jennifer Stewart, Redpatch, Hardline Productions

Chantal Short, Flare Path, The Slamming Door Artist Collective

Marina Szijarto, Elbow Room Café: The Musical, Zee Zee Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition

James Coomber, The Nether, redcurrant collective

James Coomber, Redpatch, Hardline Productions

Matthew MacDonald-Bain, The Fighting Season, Bleeding Heart Theatre

Troy Slocum, The Pipeline Project,  ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre and the Gateway Theatre

Curtis Tweedie, Flare Path, The Slamming Door Artist Collective

Outstanding Direction

Brian Cochrane, Creeps, Realwheels Theatre

Sean Harris Oliver, Redpatch, Hardline Productions

Jack Paterson, Walt Whitman’s Secret, the frank theatre company

Rachel Peake, Green Lake, Solo Collective

Sarah Rodgers and Ian Harmon, And Bella Sang with Us, And Bella Artists Collective

Outstanding Production

Creeps, Realwheels Theatre

Green Lake, Solo Collective

The Pipeline Project,  ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre and the Gateway Theatre

Redpatch, Hardline Productions

Walt Whitman’s Secret, the frank theatre company

Significant Artistic Achievement

Cande Andrade, am a, Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton Present, Outstanding Innovation in Video Design

Paul Beckett, David Bloom, Genevieve Fleming, Brett Harris, David A. Kaye, Aaron Roderick and Adam Grant Warren, Creeps, Realwheels Theatre, Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Kendra Fanconi, Daniel Martin, Dave Mott and Jason Patrick Rothery, The City and The City, Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal presented as part of the PuSH Festival, Outstanding Innovation in Staging Interactive Audio

The Pipeline Project, ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre and the Gateway Theatre, Outstanding Innovation of Audience and Community Engagement or Social Justice award

Quelemia Sparrow, O’wet/Lost Lagoon, Alley Theatre in association with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Outstanding Portrayal of Indigenous History Using Non-linear Storytelling

 

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Outstanding Performance

Jeny Cassady, Mika Laulainen and Sarah May Redmond, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, Axis Theatre Company

Randi Edmundson and Jess Amy Shead, Freddie in the Neighbourhood, The Little Onion Puppet Company

William Hopkins, Robinson Crusoe, Axis Theatre Company

Nimet Kanji, Sultans of the Street, Carousel Theatre for Young People

Emilie LeClerc, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Carousel Theatre for Young People

Outstanding Design

Randi Edmundson, Freddie in the Neighbourhood, The Little Onion Puppet Company, Puppet Creation

Jared Raschke, Freddie in the Neighbourhood, The Little Onion Puppet Company, Set Design

Shizuka Kai, On My Walk, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Production Design

Claire de Loon and Jessica Oostergo, Baking Time, Presentation House Theatre, Production Design

Frank Radar and Barbara Clayden, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, Axis Theatre Company, Puppet Creation

Outstanding Artistic Creation

Kayla Dunbar, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Choreography

Carole Higgins, On My Walk, Carousel for Young People, Director

CJ McGillivray, On my Walk, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Composer

Chris McGregor, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, Axis Theatre Company, Director

Kim Selody, Baking Time, Presentation House Theatre, Direction

Significant Artistic Achievement

Baking Time, Presentation House Theatre, Outstanding Audience Engagement

Freddie in the Neighbourhood, The Little Onion Puppet Company, Outstanding Audience Engagement

On My Walk, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Outstanding Audience Engagement

Outstanding Production

Baking Time, Presentation House

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Carousel Theatre  for Young People

Freddie in the Neighbourhood, The Little Onion Puppet Company

Land of Trash, Green Thumb Theatre

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, Axis Theatre Company

 

OTHER

Outstanding Original Script

Dorothy Dittrich, The Piano Teacher, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Ester Duquette and Gilles Poulin-Denis, Straight Jacket Winter, Théâtre la Seizième

Anosh Irani, The Men in White, The Arts Club Theatre Company

Sean Harris Oliver, Fighting Season, Bleeding Heart Theatre

Quelemia Sparrow, O’Wet/Lost Lagoon, Alley Theatre in association with Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award

Rohit Chokhani for his leadership as a founder and executor of numerous initiatives and activities reflecting an expanding vision of cultural diversity

Chris Gatchalian for producing an extraordinary 16/17 Season that included Q2Q, the first ever queer theatre Conference in Canada, which embraced intersections of queerness and cultural diversity with vision and integrity.

David C. Jones: for demonstrating leadership as a champion of diversity (intersections of queer, cultural diversity, differently abled) in his body of work as a director, producer, and writer.

Sherry Yoon for initiating the 3.7% program, a powerful initiative to provide mentorship and leadership training to emerging women artists of colour in theatre.