The SummerWorks Performance Festival has wrapped up for another year. The Mooney on Theatre team spent the past eleven days covering the 45 theatre shows presented in this year’s festival. Once again, the festival presented a mix of boundary-pushing productions to a growing audience; SummerWorks announced a 10% increase in revenue this year.
At the Closing Night Party, held at the Festival Hub’s Shop Bar in the Lower Ossington Theatre on Sunday night, SummerWorks announced this year’s slate of winners for the festival’s awards.
Congrats to all the winners and congrats to SummerWorks on another successful festival.
SummerWorks Performance Festival 2013 Award Winners
From press release:
SummerWorks Prize for Production
The prize is a free trip back to the festival next year. All companies presenting new work were eligible.
- Late Company directed by Peter Pasyk
The Contra Guys Award for Outstanding New Performance Text
Generously supported by two SummerWorks founders, Benj Gallander and Ben Stadelmann, the $1000 cash award is presented to a performance-maker for an outstanding new work (script or performance text).
- 7 Important Things by STO Union
National Theatre School Award for Set or Costume Design
This award, sponsored by the National Theatre School, offers a $750 cash prize to a designer for an outstanding set or costume design.
- Birdtown and Swanville for Family Story
Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation
Sponsored by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, this $500 cash prize is awarded to an individual or company in recognition of an artistic choice or choices exemplifying innovation and/or artistic risk.
- Les Petites Cellules Chaudes for iShow
Canadian Stage Award for Direction
$500 cash prize awarded for an outstanding piece of direction at the Festival.
- James Long for How to Disappear Completely
The Spotlight Award
Awarded to a featured performer in a SummerWorks show. The winner receives a VIP pass to the Festival next year.
The Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award
$500 cash prize awarded to an artist early in their career who made an artistic impression during the festival.
- Ben Wheelwright for girls! girls! girls!
- Christo Graham for Entitlement
- Daniel Ellis for Maria Gets a New Life
- Jeff Ho for Murderers Confess at Christmastime
- Zoe Cleland for girls! girls! girls!
RBC Arts Professional Award
This $1000 cash prize recognizes the work, craft and dedication of an emerging arts professional. This award is made possible with the support of RBC.
The NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award
Audience members voted for their favourite SummerWorks production by placing their ticket stub in the NOW Audience Choice box before leaving the theatre. The Winner receives $3000 towards print, social media and online advertisement with NOW magazine. All shows were eligible for this prize.
- Late Company by Jordan Tannahill, directed by Peter Pasyk.
Photo of Ben Kamino & Sook-Yin Lee by Dahlia Katz