Members of the cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Members of the cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.

The Arts Club Theatre Company leads the nominations for the 2015 Jessie Awards, Vancouver’s annual celebration of excellence in professional theatre. Of its whopping 34 nominations, the company’s new musical Onegin picked up an impressive 13 nominations, with at least one nomination in each of the large theatre categories, including outstanding production.

In addition, the Arts Club productions of Good People, The Valley and Peter and the Starcatcher received four nominations each in the large theatre category. Bard on the Beach garnered seven nominations for its productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Comedy of ErrorsRumble Theatre’s production of Cock received three nominations, while the Firehall Arts Centre & Haberdashery Theatre earned three for its controversial production of The Motherf*cker with the Hat.  The Firehall also received one nomination each for Social Studies, Dead Metaphor and God and the Indian.

In the small theatre category a total of 21 theatre companies and 23 productions received nominations. Pi Theatre led with eight nominations for its production of The Invisible Hand, while Babelle Theatre’s Rivulets: 3 short plays about a flood earned six.  Upintheair Theatre’s production of The North Plan and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s production of Empire of the Son secured a total of five nominations each.

The theatre for young audiences category sees Green Thumb Theatre leading in nominations with a total of six for its productions of The Invisible Girl and Still/Falling.

New this year is the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award, recognizing excellence in the field of accessibility and inclusion. Created after the Jessie Awards took a hit from its membership last year for a perceived lack of diversity on local stages, the nominees include Gateway Theatre’s Jovanni Sy, the Playwright’s Theatre Centre, Theatre Terrific, Donna Yamamoto and Heathers: The Musical.

The nominees for the Critics’ Choice Innovation Award include two co-productions from Studio 58 (Flee & Romeo + Juliet), plus the Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre production of Betroffenheit, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s Empire of the Son, and Radix Theatre’s immersive TBD.

A complete list of nominees follows.

The 34th annual Jessie Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 22. Visit http://jessies.ca for more information.

LARGE THEATRE
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Large Theatre
Alessandro JulianiOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Daniel DohenyThe ValleyArts Club Theatre Company
John CassiniThe Motherfucker With the HatFirehall Arts Centre & Haberdashery Theatre
Luc RoderiqueIn the HeightsArts Club Theatre Company
Richie DiggsSocial StudiesFirehall Arts Centre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Large Theatre
Colleen WheelerGood PeopleArts Club Theatre Company
Lisa C. RavensbergenGod and The IndianFirehall Arts Centre
Meg RoeOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Meghan GardinerDead MetaphorFirehall Arts Centre
Naomi WrightPride and PrejudiceArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Large Theatre
Andrew McNeeOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Duncan FraserCockRumble Theatre
Josh EpsteinOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Robert MaloneyDisgracedArts Club Theatre Company
Sayer RobertsLes MisérablesArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Large Theatre
Colleen WheelerPeter and the StarcatcherArts Club Theatre Company
Jenn GriffinGood PeopleArts Club Theatre Company
Lauren JacksonOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Lori TrioloThe Motherfucker with the HatFirehall Arts Centre & Haberdashery Theatre
Luisa JojicThe Comedy of ErrorsBard on the Beach
Outstanding Lighting Design – Large Theatre
Alan BrodieGodspellArts Club Theatre Company
Conor MoorePeter and the StarcatcherArts Club Theatre Company
Gerald KingThe Waiting RoomArts Club Theatre Company
Itai ErdalThe ValleyArts Club Theatre Company
John WebberOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Set Design – Large Theatre
Amir OfekThe ValleyArts Club Theatre Company
Drew FaceyOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Lauchlin JohnstonGood PeopleArts Club Theatre Company
Lauchlin JohnstonPeter and the StarcatcherArts Club Theatre Company
Pam JohnsonThe Comedy of ErrorsBard on the Beach
Outstanding Costume Design – Large Theatre
Christine ReimerPride and PrejudiceArts Club Theatre Company
Jacqueline FirkinsOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Mara GottlerThe Comedy of ErrorsBard on the Beach
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition  – Large Theatre
Benjamin Elliott, Anton Lipovetsky, and Nico RhodesBest Laid PlansPatrick Street Productions & Touchstone Theatre
Ben ElliottLove’s Labour’s LostBard on the Beach
Malcolm DowThe Comedy of ErrorsBard on the Beach
Veda HilleOneginArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding Direction – Large Theatre
Amiel GladstoneOneginArts Club Theatre Company
David MackayPeter and the StarcatcherArts Club Theatre Company
Peter JorgensenThe Best Laid Plans: a MusicalPatrick Street Productions & Touchstone Theatre
Scott BellisThe Comedy of ErrorsBard on the Beach
Stephen DroverCockRumble Theatre
Outstanding Production – Large Theatre
CockRumble Theatre
Good PeopleArts Club Theatre Company
OneginArts Club Theatre Company
The Motherfucker with the HatFirehall Arts Centre
The ValleyArts Club Theatre Company
Significant Artistic Achievement – Large Theatre
Andrew McNee and Daniel DohenyThe Comedy of ErrorsBard on the BeachSignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding comedic duo
Caitlin HayesCloser Than EverGateway TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding musical direction
Tracey PowerOneginArts Club Theatre CompanySignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding choreography
Valerie EastonA Christmas Story The MusicalArts Club Theatre CompanySignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding choreography
Veda Hille and the Ungrateful Dead (Barry Mirochnick and Marina Hasselberg)OneginArts Club Theatre CompanySignificant Artistic Achievement for Outstanding musical direction and musical ensemble
Wendy Gorling and Morris PanychThe Waiting RoomArts Club Theatre CompanySignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding movement collaboration

 

SMALL THEATRE
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Small Theatre
Alex RoseBad JewsFamous Artists Limited
Kevin McNultyYou Will Remember MeRuby Slippers Theatre
Matthew MacDonald-BainThe Out VigilTwenty Something Theatre
Munish SharmaThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
Tetsuro ShigematsuEmpire of the SonVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Small Theatre
Claire HesselgraveTender NapalmTwenty Something Theatre
Genevieve FlemingThe North PlanUpintheair Theatre
Marisa SmithLittle OneAlley Theatre Association
Moya O’ConnellRapture, Blister, BurnMitch & Murray Productions
Stephanie IzsakThe Out VigilTwenty Something Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Amitai MarmorsteinBad JewsFamous Artists Limited
Conor WylieThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
Curtis TweedieBright Blue FutureHardline Productions
Kirk SmithThe RivalsBlackbird Theatre Company
Paul HerbertThe North PlanUpintheair Theatre
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Caroline CaveMiss ShakespeareMusical Theatreworks & The Escape Artists
Corina AkesonA Doll’s House,The Slamming Door Artists Collective
Gabrielle RoseThe RivalsBlackbird Theatre Company
Kayla DunbarBad JewsFamous Artists Limited
Stephanie IzsakScratchTheatre Plexus
Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre
Alan BrodieThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
Andrew PyeRIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle Theatre
Cory SincennesJ. CaesarMusical Theatreworks & The Escape Artists
Gerald KingEmpire of the SonVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Jill WhiteBright Blue FutureHardline Productions
Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre
Carolyn RapanosRIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle Theatre
David RobertsThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
David RobertsThe RivalsBlackbird Theatre Company
Glenn MacDonaldAnnapurnaChristy Webb Productions
John R. TaylorWait Until DarkNaked Goddess Productions
Outstanding Costume Design – Small Theatre
Barbara ClaydenMiss ShakespeareMusical Theatreworks & The Escape Artists
Christine ReimerThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
Christopher David GauthierBright Blue FutureHardline Productions
Ines OrtnerEbenezer: A Christmas Ghost StorySeven Tyrants Theatre
Sheila WhiteThe RivalsBlackbird Theatre Company
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Small Theatre
Gordon GrdinaThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
Jay Clift and Julie McIssacThe Out VigilTwenty Something Theatre
Julie CasselmanTender NapalmTwenty Something Theatre
Mark HaneyMata HariSingle Line Theatre
Paul ParoczaiRIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle
Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre
Chelsea HaberlinThe North PlanUpintheair Theatre
Marie FarsiRIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle Theatre
Richard WolfeThe Invisible HandPi Theatre
Richard WolfeEmpire of the SonVancouver Canadian Asian Theatre
Sabrina EverttThe Out VigilTwenty Something Theatre
Outstanding Production of a Musical – Small Theatre
Heathers: The Musical…Gently with a Chainsaw Artists Collective
Love BombShameless Hussy Productions
Miss ShakespeareMusical Theatreworks & The Escape Artists
Outstanding Production of a Play– Small Theatre
Empire of the SonVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
RIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle Theatre
The Invisible HandPi Theatre
The North PlanUpintheair Theatre
The Out VigilTwenty Something Theatre

 

Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre
Carole MacDonald and Remy SiuEmpire of the SonVancouver Asian Canadian TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement for integration of props, performance, camera and projection
Corwin FergusonYou Will Remember MeRuby Slippers TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement for projection design
Joel SturrockTender NapalmTwenty Something TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding movement direction and choreography
Talia ErdalA Very Narrow BridgeElbow TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement for outstanding performance by a solo musician
RIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement for site specific conceptualization and execution
The North PlanUpintheair TheatreSignificant Artistic Achievement in site-specific staging
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences
Allan ZinykGo, Dog. Go!Carousel Theatre for Young People
Caitlin McFarlaneThe Invisible GirlGreen Thumb Theatre
Karyn MottThe Jungle BookCarousel Theatre for Young People
Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, Emilie Leclerc, and Zack TardifMathieu MathématiquesThéâtre la Seizième
Olivia HuttStill/Falling Green Thumb Theatre
Outstanding Design – Theatre for Young Audiences
Drew FaceyMathieu MathématiquesThéâtre la SeizièmeSet & Costume Design
Ken MacDonaldStill/FallingGreen Thumb TheatreSet Design
Mishelle Cuttler, Joel Grinke and Lauchlin JohnstonOur TimeDelinquent TheatreDesign Ensemble
Shizuka KaiGo, Dog. Go!Carousel Theatre For Young People
Outstanding Artistic Creation – Theatre for Young Audiences
Giles Poulin-DenisMathieu MathématiquesThéâtre la SeizièmeDirection
Laura McLeanOur TimeDelinquent TheatreDirection
Patrick McDonaldStill/FallingGreen Thumb TheatreDirection
Significant Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences
Dot & ZiggyCarousel Theatre for Young Peopleinteractivity in theatre for the very young
Me on the MapNeworld Theatreengaging theatrical experiment
Still/FallingGreen Thumb Theatrethe commissioning of the socially relevant
Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences
Dot & ZiggyCarousel Theatre for Young People
Mathieu MathématiquesThéâtre la Seizième
Our TimeDelinquent Theatre
Still/FallingGreen Thumb Theatre
Outstanding Original Script
Antonette RaeMiss Understoodthe frank theatre company
James Gordon KingRIVULETS: 3 short plays about a floodBabelle Theatre
Michelle Deines and Kathryn KirkpatrickI am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert HumperdinckWorking Spark Theatre
Tetsuro ShigematsuEmpire of the SonVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Tracey PowerMiss ShakespeareMusical Theatreworks & The Escape Artists
Vancouver Now
Jovanni SyGateway TheatreFor demonstrating leadership in creating an inclusive and representative season of theatre.
Playwright’s Theatre CentreFor ongoing and responsive transformation of practice to meet the needs of underserved artists.
Theatre TerrificFor diligent, ongoing commitment to inclusive casting and creative processes.
Donna Yamamoto For demonstrating commitment and leadership to building inclusivity in Vancouver’s theatre industry.
Heathers: The Musical For reflecting Vancouver’s cultural make-up on stage.
Critics’ Choice Innovation Award
ProductionTheatre Company
BetroffenheitKidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre
Empire of the SonVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presented by the Cultch
FleeElectric Company Theatre and Studio 58
Romeo + JulietStudio 58 with The Chop Theatre
TBDRadix Theatre