by Megan Mooney
If you’re not in the theatre industry then there’s a reasonable chance that you haven’t heard of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Which, really, is kind of a shame, ‘cause it’s a pretty cool prize. They awarded this year’s prize last night.
A quick description from their website:
The Siminovitch Prize in Theatre was introduced in 2001 and dedicated to renowned scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, a playwright. Sponsored by BMO Financial Group, Canada’s largest annual theatre arts award recognizes direction, playwriting and design in three-year cycles
This year it was playwriting. And the award went to Daniel MacIvor – honestly, I’m not sure I could think of a more perfect person for it to go to.
The prize is $100,000 – with $75,000 going to the recipient and $25,000 going to a protégé company of their choosing. McIvor chose Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn who founded the company Dual Minds.
I can’t put my finger on why I love Daniel MacIvor’s work so much, but I really do. So, I’m about as excited as you can be for someone you don’t know personally winning an award.
So, a standing ovation to you Mr. MacIvor – congratulations on this very well deserved award.
*UPDATE*- J. Kelly Nestruck has an interesting take on the whole thing…