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The Award Year for the Jessies includes productions produced between May 1 and April 30.  All producers who register shows between these dates will automatically become members of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society for that year, ending at the AGM in October.


Jessies-eligible productions must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. COMPANIES: at least 51% of the applicable roles (see below) must be receiving a weekly wage of at least $375 for each week they are working on the production.
  2. COLLECTIVE: all artists must be receiving a share of net box office profits in a production where at least 51% of the applicable roles (see below) are filled by full members of CAEA/ACTRA/UdA.

Stage Managers
Assistant Stage Managers
Fight Directors

In productions meeting this criteria, all artists are eligible. Productions working under a different model or form of contract may contact the JRC to request consideration.

Members of a children’s chorus, as defined by the Canadian Theatre Agreement (definition below), do not factor into the Jessies’ 51% eligibility quota. CTA Definition: A “Children’s Chorus” is a group of six (6) or more children in a non-musical production or ten (10) or more children in a musical production, who appear as part of an ensemble, whose part is essentially that of a member of such group or ensemble, and is in no way individual in its character and/or necessary to the continuity of the plot. Children in such a group may speak a few lines, sing or do a dance routine.


In theatre productions which fulfill the Jessies criteria for eligibility and which utilize non-paid artists (e.g. students or community performers), only the professional elements are eligible.


Membership in the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society will now automatically occur for a company for the season they register a production.  Memberships will be valid until the next AGM (generally held in October of every year).  One representative of the company will be able to vote at the meeting.

Individual memberships are always available to those who would like to vote, costing $5.


Registration fees and guidelines have changed as of May 1, 2016. Shows produced by companies with budgets of up to $300,000 will pay $50 +GST for each show they register in the season. Shows produced by companies with budgets of over $300,000 will pay $100 +GST for each show they register in the season. Productions must be registered at least 30 days prior to the first public performance. To register a production, go here (http://jessies.ca/membership/registration/)


The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society recognizes that new awards emerge in the community from time to time (and that some awards cease to be relevant and need to be removed). The process to request the creation of a new award is as follows.

Submit a request in writing to the Board of Director of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society, at least 12 months prior to the Jessies, identifying the name and nature of the new award. Include a rationale for the new award and an analysis of the segment of the community it would serve. This submission should be no more than 3 pages in length.

Accompany the submission with no fewer than 10 letters of support from theatre community members and leaders. As well, accompany the submission with a petition with no fewer than 100 names of theatre community members who support the creation of the new award.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society, who will also grant or refuse the request. All awards can be revoked at any time at the discretions of the The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society.