Many of the nominees were on hand at the BMO Theatre Centre for announcement of nominations for the 37th Annual Jessie Awards. The awards will be be handed out at a ceremony at Bard on the Beach on July 15.
Many of the nominees were on hand at the BMO Theatre Centre for announcement of nominations for the 37th Annual Jessie Awards. The awards will be be handed out at a ceremony at Bard on the Beach on July 15.

An impressive fifty productions are up for awards at the 37th Annual Jessie Awards, as the nominations were revealed in a ceremony today at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Vancouver’s equivalent to the Tony Awards, the Jessies recognize excellence in Vancouver’s professional theatre, as chosen by peer juries.

Divided into three groups, the awards are presented to the best in large and small theatre, theatre for young audiences, and a number of other awards. The winners will be announced during a ceremony on July 15 under the Bard on the Beach main stage tent at Vanier Park.

In the large theatre category, a total of eighteen productions were recognized, with the Théâtre la Seizième production of Le Soulier, and The Cultch’s co-production of Kamloopa leading the race with eight nominations each.

Also in the large theatre category, the Arts Club Theatre Company received a total of sixteen nominations over eight shows. The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival scored fifteen nominations for its four productions in 2018, including a surprise nomination for its Beatles-infused As You Like It being recognized in the outstanding musical category. Pacific Theatre received ten nominations over three productions, while Touchstone Theatre’s Kill Me Now received three.

In the small theatre category a total of 23 productions were recognized, with Les Filles du Roi leading this category with a total of nine nominations. Following close behind is The Snapshots Collective production of Sweeney Todd, with eight. That left an impressive 21 other productions also to be nominated in this category.

In the theatre for young audiences category, it was Carousel Theatre for Young People who garnered the most, with eight nominations split between its productions of A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill and Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play. Presentation House Theatre received five nominations for its productions of Jack and Magic Bean and Baking Time. Three other companies were recognized in this category.

A complete list of nominees follows:

LARGE THEATRE

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

Félix BeauchampLe SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
Daniel DohenyThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeArts Club Theatre Company
Bob FrazerKill Me NowTouchstone Theatre
Joey LespéranceLe SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
Jimmy YiKim’s ConveniencePacific Theatre

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

Patti AllanThe ShopliftersArts Club Theatre Company
Lindsey AngellAs You Like ItBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
France PerrasLe SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
Colleen WheelerTimon of AthensBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Kaitlin WilliamsJesus FreakPacific Theatre

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

Tré CottenKim’s ConveniencePacific Theatre
Kayvon KhoshkamAs You Like ItBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Tyrone SavageThe MatchmakerArts Club Theatre Company
Lee ShortenKim’s ConveniencePacific Theatre
Adam Grant WarrenKill Me NowTouchstone Theatre

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

Ghazal AzarbadThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeArts Club Theatre Company
Luisa JojicKill Me NowTouchstone Theatre
Nora McLellanThe MatchmakerArts Club Theatre Company
Moya O’ConnellTimon of AthensBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Naomi WrightThe MatchmakerArts Club Theatre Company

  Outstanding Lighting Design – Large Theatre

Itai ErdalThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeArts Club Theatre Company
Itai ErdalLe SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
Sophie TangThe Orchard (After Chekhov)Arts Club Theatre Company
Brad TrenamanRedpatchArts Club Theatre Company and Hardline Productions (in partnership with Citadel Theatre)
John WebberThe Lion, The Witch, and the WardrobePacific Theatre

 Outstanding Set Design – Large Theatre

Drew FaceyTimon of AthensBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Lauchlin JohnstonThe Lion, The Witch, and the WardrobePacific Theatre
Ken MacDonaldThe ShopliftersArts Club Theatre Company
Daniela MasellisKamloopaThe Cultch (in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, and in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)
Carolyn RapanosKim’s ConveniencePacific Theatre

 Outstanding Costume Design – Large Theatre

Carmen AlatorreAs You Like ItBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Carmen AlatorreMustardArts Club Theatre Company
Barbara ClaydenLysistrataBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Mara GottlerTimon of AthensBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Christine ReimerMacbethBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

 Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Large Theatre

Julie CasselmanThe Lion, The Witch, and the WardrobePacific Theatre
Cris DerksenKamloopaThe Cultch (in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, and in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)
Malcolm DowLe SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
Ben ElliotAs You Like ItBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Mary Jane PaquetteRedpatchArts Club Theatre Company and Hardline Productions (in partnership with Citadel Theatre)

 Outstanding Direction – Large Theatre

Lois AndersonLysistrataBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Esther Duquette & Gilles Poulin-DenisLe SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
Kim Senklip HarveyKamloopaThe Cultch (in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, and in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)
Roy SuretteKill Me NowTouchstone Theatre
Kaitlin WilliamsKim’s ConveniencePacific Theatre

 Outstanding Production – Play – Large Theatre

KamloopaThe Cultch (in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, and in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)
Kill Me NowTouchstone Theatre
Kim’s ConveniencePacific Theatre
Le SoulierThéâtre la Seizième
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeArts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Production – Musical – Large Theatre

As You Like ItBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Mamma! MiaArts Club Theatre Company
OnceArts Club Theatre Company

 Significant Artistic Achievement – Large Theatre

Outstanding ensembleYolanda Bonnell, Samantha Brown & Kaitlyn YottKamloopaThe Cultch (in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, and in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)
Outstanding movement directionKayla DunbarThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeArts Club Theatre Company
Outstanding decolonization of theatre spaces and practicesKim Senklip Harvey & Lindsay LachanceKamloopaThe Cultch

(in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, and in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)

Outstanding technical achievement in the creation and repeated execution of an innovative and physically safe performance spaceJonathan Ryder, Richard Hansen, Tim Koll, Joanne P.B. Smith, Jennifer Stewart, Zoe Bellis, Keith Smith, Chris Willis, & Grant WindsorTimon of AthensBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Outstanding contribution to drawing attention to local and social conversationsBard on the BeachLysistrataBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

SMALL THEATRE

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

Linden BanksKrapp’s Last TapeSeven Tyrants Theatre
Raes CalvertLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
Jay HindleThe 39 StepsCircle Bright Productions Inc.
Warren KimmelSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective
Chris LamA Prayer for Owen MeanyEnsemble Theatre Company

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

Genevieve FlemingWetItsazoo Productions Society
Bronwen SmithThe How and the WhyAenigma Theatre Society
Deb WilliamsHirPi Theatre
Colleen WintonSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective
Kaitlyn YottLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch

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

Sebastien ArchibaldMarine LifeRuby Slippers Theatre
Oliver CastilloSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective
Alen DominguezMarine LifeRuby Slippers Theatre
Ashley O’ConnellThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneEnsemble Theatre Company
Jonathan WinsbySweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective

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

Thérèse ChampagnePrecious Littlestar star theatre
Tanja Dixon-WarrenThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneEnsemble Theatre Company
Alannah OngThe Ones We Leave BehindVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Chelsea RoseLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
Ella SimonThe 39 StepsCircle Bright Productions Inc.

 Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre

Jeff HarrisonLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
William HalesSlimeThe Only Animal (in partnership with The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
James ProudfootCamera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival
Jillian WhiteGross MisconductSpeakEasy Theatre
Jillian WhiteNever the LastDelinquent Theatre

 Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre

Drew FaceyThe 39 StepsCircle Bright Productions Inc.
Khan LeeCamera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival
Marshall McMahenLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
Patrick RizzottiHirPi Theatre
Jennifer StewartWetItsazoo Productions Society

 Outstanding Costume Design – Small Theatre

Emily FraserSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective
Marshall McMahen and Konwahonwá:wi StaceyLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
April ViczkoSlimeThe Only Animal (in partnership with The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
Sheila WhiteThe 39 StepsCircle Bright Productions Inc.
Julie WhiteThe Cherry OrchardThe Smoking Gun Collective

 Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Small Theatre

Dorothy DittrichThe Ones We Leave BehindVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Mary Jane PaquetteSlimeThe Only Animal (in partnership with The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
Murray PriceThe 39 StepsCircle Bright Productions Inc.
Corey Payette & Kyra SokoLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
Stefan SmulovitzCamera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival

Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre

Chris AdamsSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective
Lesley EwenCamera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival
Jamie KingThe WolvesWith a Spoon Theatre in association with Rumble Theatre
Laura McLeanNever the LastDelinquent Theatre
Corey PayetteLes Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch

 Outstanding Production – Play – Small Theatre

Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival
Never the LastDelinquent Theatre
The 39 StepsCircle Bright Productions Inc.
The WolvesWith a Spoon Theatre in association with Rumble Theatre
WetItsazoo Productions Society

 Outstanding Production – Musical – Small Theatre

Les Filles Du RoiFugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch
Poly Queer Love BalladAnais West & Sara Vickruck
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective

 Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre

Outstanding fusion of kinetic dance and martial arts fight choreographyNathania Bernabe & Jackie T. HanlinSoul SamuraiAffair of Honor
Outstanding video design and projectionSammy ChienCamera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival
Outstanding puppetry design, creation, & executionShizuka KaiSlimeThe Only Animal (in partnership with The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
Outstanding outreach and community engagement, demonstrating the importance of culture, tradition, community, family and identitiesRosemary Georgeson, Renae Morriseau, & Savannah WallingWeaving Reconciliation: Our WayVancouver Moving Theatre
Outstanding interdisciplinary collaboration involving the imaginative integration of dance, live musical performance and theatreMolly MacKinnon & Christine QuintanaNever the LastDelinquent Theatre

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences

Emilie LeclercA Charlie Brown Holiday Double BillCarousel Theatre for Young People
Tom PickettElephant & Piggie’s We Are in a PlayCarousel Theatre for Young People
Teo SaefkowWhat IfGreen Thumb Theatre
Rebecca TalbotA Charlie Brown Holiday Double BillCarousel Theatre for Young People
Jake WalkerJack and the Magic BeanPresentation House Theatre

Outstanding Design – Theatre for Young Audiences

Barbara ClaydenCostume designA Charlie Brown Holiday Double BillCarousel Theatre for Young People
Dusty HagerudDragon Puppet creationThe Troll GrandfatherAxis Theatre Company
Miriam Abrahams, Patrick Boudreau, Jeny Cassady, Jessica OostergoEnsemble design (lighting, sound, puppets, set, props, costume)All My Friends are AnimalsBabelle Theatre/Axis Theatre Company
Shizuka KaiSet DesignElephant & Piggie’s We Are in a PlayCarousel Theatre for Young People
Shizuka Kai, Jessica Oostergo, Brad TrenamanEnsemble Design (set, costume, lighting)Salmon GirlRaven Spirit Dance

 Outstanding Artistic Creation – Theatre for Young Audiences

Kayla DunbarDirectionElephant & Piggie’s We Are in a PlayCarousel Theatre for Young People
Patrick McDonaldDirectionWhat IfGreen Thumb Theatre
Kim SelodyDirectionJack and the Magic BeanPresentation House Theatre

Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a PlayCarousel Theatre for Young People
Jack and the Magic BeanPresentation House Theatre
What IfGreen Thumb Theatre

 Significant Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences

Outstanding musical direction and performance in her body of work during the 2018/2019 TYA seasonArielle BallanceA Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill and Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a PlayCarousel Theatre for Young People
Outstanding risky and improvised audience engagementPresentation House TheatreJack and the Magic BeanPresentation House Theatre
Outstanding introducing and creating an engaging atmosphere  through stage management in her body of work during the 2018/2019 TYA seasonGiselle Clarke-TrenamanHoliday Baking Time and Jack and the Magic BeanPresentation House Theatre
Outstanding live, onstage DJ performanceElizabeth WellwoodCrankedGreen Thumb Theatre

 OTHER AWARDS

Outstanding Original Script

Lesley EwenCamera Obscura (hungry ghosts)the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival
Kim Senklip HarveyKamloopaThe Cultch

(in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)

David PaquetLe Soulier (The Shoe)Théâtre la Seizième
Christine Quintana & Molly MacKinnonNever the LastDeliquent Theatre
Anais West & Sara VickruckPoly Queer Love BalladAnais West & Sara Vickruck

Critic’s Choice Innovation Award

A VistaFight With A Stick
As You Like ItBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
KamloopaThe Cultch (in partnership with Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, in collaboration with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre)
LysistrataBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Oh What a Beautiful Morning!Fight with a Stick
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Snapshots Collective