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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Jessie Awards!

The Jessie Awards – Honouring Vancouver’s finest

Vancouver, BC – The 35th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held Monday, June 26th at the Commodore Ballroom saluting excellence in theatre. Holding Space Productions produced this year’s ceremony – a celebratory event that moved quickly and effortlessly and this year included ASL interpretation by Lisz Keallen and Spring Herold. Over 40 companies registered over 70 productions this past year contributing to a dynamic theatre community.

The Jessie Awards are divided into three categories – Large Theatre, Small Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences – along with a variety of special awards. The Jessie awards in the Large Theatre category were divided equally among the winning productions this year. The Arts Club Theatre Company received a total of five Jessies with three going to Angels in America: Millennium Approaches for Outstanding Production along with Damien Atkins winning for his performance for Outstanding Actor in Lead Role and Torquil Campbell and Alessandro Juliani for Outstanding Sound. Valin Shinyei received a Jessie for his Supporting Role performance in Billy Elliot: The Musical. The Arts Club also earned a Jessie for Outstanding Original Script for The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich.

Bard on the Beach garnered three nods for their innovative and engaging production of Pericles with Lois Anderson winning for her Outstanding Direction, along with costume designer Carmen Alatorre and lighting designer John Webber. Brothel #9 a Touchstone Theatre production, also earned three Jessies with Adele Noronha for a Lead Actress, Laara Sadiq for her performance in a Supporting Role, and Drew Facey for his Set Design. Diwali Fest’s Rohit Chokhani won for his Outstanding Work in Expanding the Diversification of Vancouver Theatre through Excellence in Festival Programming. 

With numerous theatre companies In the Small Theatre category, eight companies earned a Jessie with Reelwheels leading the group with total of three for their production of Creeps. The show won for Outstanding Production and the ensemble of Paul Beckett, David Bloom, Genevieve Fleming, Brett Harris, David A. Kaye, Aaron Roderick and Adam Grant Warren won for Significant Artistic Achievement, and Lauchlin Johnston for Set Design. Alexandra Lainfiesta took honours for her work in Green Lake along with Rachel Peake for Outstanding Direction in this Solo Collective production. A number of other companies received one Jessie such as Kyle Jespersen who won for his remarkable performance in The Fighting Season by Bleeding Heart Theatre, Yoshié Bancroft for her performance in Ithaka by dream of passion productions & Excavation Theatre and Ashley O`Connell’s acting garnered a nod for The Slamming Door Artist Collective’s Flare Path. Carmen Alatorre won her second Jessie of the night for her Costume Design in Walt Whitman’s Secret, by the frank theatre company. Itai Erdal’s lighting design won for O’wet/Lost Lagoon by Alley Theatre and Troy Slocum scored for The Pipeline Project by ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Neworld Theatre & the Gateway Theatre.

In the Theatre for Young Audiences category the winners were equally divided. The creative work of Axis Theatre Company won for the design aspects of their production of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, acknowledging the creative work of Chris McGregor for Outstanding Artistic Design and Barbara Clayden and Frank Radar for their Outstanding Design. Puppet creativity was also awarded for Freddie in the Neighbourhood by The Little Onion Puppet Company for the innovative work of Randi Edmundson and Jess Amy Shead and for their outstanding performances. The show also won for the Outstanding Production. 

Chris Gatchalian received the Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award acknowledged 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. The diverse and extraordinary talented theatre community continues to produce dynamic productions that enrich the vibrancy of our city. Congratulations to all! Below is a complete list of all winners.

35th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Winners

LARGE THEATRE

     

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Large Theatre

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

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Large Theatre

 
Adele Noronha Brothel #9 Touchstone Theatre  
       

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Large Theatre

 
Valin Shinyei Billy Elliot: The Musical Arts Club Theatre Company  
       

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Large Theatre

 
Laara Sadiq Brothel #9 Touchstone Theatre  
       

Outstanding Lighting Design – Large Theatre

   
John Webber Pericles Bard on the Beach  
       

Outstanding Set Design – Large Theatre

   
Drew Facey Brothel #9 Touchstone Theatre  

Outstanding Costume Design – Large Theatre

   
Carmen Alatorre Pericles Bard on the Beach  

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition Large Theatre

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

Outstanding Direction – Large Theatre

   
Lois Anderson Pericles Bard on the Beach  

Outstanding Production – Large Theatre

   
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches   Arts Club Theatre Company  

Significant Artistic Achievement – Large Theatre

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

SMALL THEATRE

     
       

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Small Theatre

 
Kyle Jespersen The Fighting Season            Bleeding Heart Theatre  
       

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Small Theatre

 
Alexandra Lainfiesta Green Lake             Solo Collective  
       

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre

 
Ashley O`Connell Flare Path The Slamming Door Artist           Collective  
         

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre

 
Yoshié Bancroft Ithaka dream of passion productions & Excavation Theatre  
       

Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre

   
Itai Erdal O’wet/Lost Lagoon Alley Theatre  
       

Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre

   
Lauchlin Johnston Creeps Realwheels Theatre  
       

Outstanding Costume Design – Small Theatre

   
Carmen Alatorre Walt Whitman’s Secret the frank theatre company  
       

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Small Theatre

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

Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre

   
Rachel Peake Green Lake              Solo Collective  
       
       

Outstanding Production of a Play– Small Theatre

   
Creeps                  Realwheels Theatre  

Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre

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

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

   
       

Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences

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

Outstanding Design –Theatre for Young Audiences

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

Outstanding Artistic Creation – Theatre for Young Audiences

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

Outstanding Production  – Theatre for Young Audiences

 
Freddie in the Neighbourhood The Little Onion Puppet Company    

Significant Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences

   
Baking Time Presentation House Theatre Outstanding Audience Engagement  

Outstanding Original Script

   
The Piano Teacher Dorothy Dittrich Arts Club Theatre Company  

Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Innovation Award

   

Revolutions        Fight with a Stick

Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award

   

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.

Additional awards presented were:

  • Patron of the Arts Award – Bryan Searle and Patrice Savoie
  • Mary Phillips Prize for Behind-the-Scenes Achievement – Angie Descalzi
  • Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer – Olivia Hutt
  • John Moffat & Larry Lillo Prize – Valerie Sing Turner
  • GVPTA Career Achievement Award  – Marsha Sibthorpe
  • Sydney Risk Prize– Quelemia Sparrow
  • Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre – Sarah Marchant
  • Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director – Jamie King

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