The Jessie Awards
The Jessie Awards

A devilish puppet and some Shakespearean buffoonery lead the nominees for this year’s Jessie Awards.

In a ceremony today, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society announced the nominees for the 2018 Jessie Awards. Vancouver’s equivalent to the Tony Awards, the Jessies recognize excellence in Vancouver’s professional theatre as chosen by peer juries.

The awards are split into three groups, celebrating the best in large and small theatre productions, plus theatre for young audiences.

In the large theatre category, the Arts Club Theatre Company not only walked away with the most nominations for twelve different shows, its production of Hand to God garnered six. Receiving an impressive 34 nominations, the Arts Club also saw multiple nominations for productions of Topdog/Underdog, Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, Fun Home, Misery, and several others.

The cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Hand to God. Photo by David Cooper
The cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Hand to God. Photo by David Cooper

In the same large theatre category, Pacific Theatre productions were nominated for a total of ten awards, including a best production nod for Outside Mullingar.  Bard on the Beach saw each of its productions in its last season nominated, with Much Ado About Nothing leading the way with a total of eight.

A total of 22 productions found themselves nominated in the small theatre category, with Rumble Theatre’s production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius leading the pack, with a total of eight, followed by the SpeakEasy Theatre production of The Shipment with five.

Craig Erickson, Pippa Mackie, Naomi Wright, Peter Anderson and Sarah Afful in the Rumble Theatre production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Craig Erickson, Pippa Mackie, Naomi Wright, Peter Anderson and Sarah Afful in the Rumble Theatre production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Green Thumb Theatre & Neworld Theatre were the big nomination winners in the theatre for young people category, with a total of twelve nominations for their productions of The Code and Jabber. Carousel Theatre followed with a total of six nominations for productions of The Velveteen Rabbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony on July 16 under the Bard on the Beach main stage tent at Vanier Park. Visit jessieawards.com for more information.

A complete list of nominees follows:

LARGE THEATRE

Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Large Theatre

Oliver CastilloHand to GodArts Club Theatre Company
Eric CraigFun HomeArts Club Theatre Company
Douglas EnnenbergThe EventsPi Theatre
Steven GreenfieldMillion Dollar QuartetArts Club Theatre Company
Warren KimmelShylockBard on the Beach
Brian MarkinsonAngels in America, Part Two: PerestroikaArts Club Theatre Company
Andrew McNeeMiseryArts Club Theatre Company
Luc RoderiqueTopdog/UnderdogArts Club Theatre Company
John Emmet TracyOutside MullingarPacific Theatre
Jonathan WinsbyBeauty and the BeastArts Club Theatre Company

 

Outstanding Performance by an Actress – Large Theatre

Lois AndersonAngels in America, Part Two: PerestroikaArts Club Theatre Company
Nicola CavendishHappy PlaceTouchstone Theatre
Erla Faye ForsythOutside MullingarPacific Theatre
Lucia FrangioneMiseryArts Club Theatre Company
Katherine GauthierKing Charles IIIArts Club Theatre Company
Margo KaneThanks for GivingArts Club Theatre Company
Amber LewisMuch Ado About NothingBard on the Beach
Jennifer LinesHand to GodArts Club Theatre Company
Kelli OgmundsonFun HomeArts Club Theatre Company
Colleen WheelerForget About TomorrowArts Club Theatre Company

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble – Large Theatre

Amber Funk Barton, Andrew Gordon, Nathan Kay, Tiffany King, Billy Marchenski, Niall McNeill, Lucy McNulty, Kerry Sandomirsky, Matthew Tom-Wing, Marcus YoussefKing Arthur’s NightNeworld Theatre
Lauren Bowler, Katrina Reynolds, Caitlin Stadnyck, Josh EpsteinBittergirl: The MusicalArts Club Theatre Company

 

 

Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, Baraka Rahmani, Jalen SaipAlmost, MainePacific Theatre
Kimmy Choi, David Cohen, Rowen Khan, Scott Perrie, Adrianna Ravalli, Sara VickruckCircle GameFirehall Arts Centre

 

Outstanding Lighting Design – Large Theatre

Itai ErdalThe ChristiansPacific Theatre
Itai ErdalTopdog/UnderdogArts Club Theatre Company
Jeff HarrisonHand to GodArts Club Theatre Company
Lauchlin JohnstonOutside MullingarPacific Theatre
John WebberAngels in America, Part Two: PerestroikaArts Club Theatre Company

 

Outstanding Set Design – Large Theatre

Lauchlin JohnstonMiseryArts Club Theatre Company
Shizuka KaiTopdog/UnderdogArts Club Theatre Company
Kevin McAllisterKing Charles IIIArts Club Theatre Company
Carolyn RapanosCircle GameFirehall Arts Centre
Ted RobertsThanks for GivingArts Club Theatre Company

 

Outstanding Costume Design – Large Theatre

Carmen AlatorreThe Winter’s TaleBard on the Beach
Barbara ClaydenBeauty and the BeastArts Club Theatre Company
Drew FaceyThe Merchant of VeniceBard on the Beach
Mara GottlerTwo Gentlemen of VeronaBard on the Beach
Christine ReimerMuch Ado About NothingBard on the Beach

 

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Large Theatre

Torquil Campbell, Alessandro JulianiAngels in America, Part Two: PerestroikaArts Club Theatre Company
Julie CasselmanOutside MullingarPacific Theatre
James CoomberHand to GodArts Club Theatre Company
David MesihaThe HumansArts Club Theatre Company
Murray PriceMuch Ado About NothingBard on the Beach

 

Outstanding Direction – Large Theatre

Lois AndersonFun HomeArts Club Theatre Company
Kim CollierAngels in America, Part Two: PerestroikaArts Club Theatre Company
Stephen DroverHand to GodArts Club Theatre Company
Dean Paul GibsonTopdog/UnderdogArts Club Theatre Company
Angela KonradOutside MullingarPacific Theatre

 

Outstanding Production – Large Theatre

Fun HomeArts Club Theatre Company
MiseryArts Club Theatre Company
Much Ado About NothingBard on the Beach
Outside MullingarPacific Theatre
Topdog/UnderdogArts Club Theatre Company

 

Significant Artistic Achievement – Large Theatre

Jeny CassadyHand to GodOutstanding Puppet Design and CoachingArts Club Theatre Company
Andrew CohenCircle GameOutstanding Musical ArrangementsFirehall Arts Centre
Lonnie DelisleThe ChristiansOutstanding Choir DirectionPacific Theatre
Jamie NesbittNine DragonsOutstanding Projection DesignGateway Theatre
Corey PayetteChildren of GodOutstanding Contribution to a National ConversationUrban Ink with National Arts Centre and Raven Theatre

 

SMALL THEATRE

Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Small Theatre

Peter AndersonButcherPrime Cuts Collective
Paul AnthonyThe PillowmanReality Curve Theatre
Nick FontaineA Little Night MusicPatrick Street Productions
Kenton KlassenThe Lonesome WestCave Canem Productions
Joey LespéranceThe Hunger RoomStaircase Theatre
Omari NewtonThe ShipmentSpeakEasy Theatre
Tom PickettRuinedDark Glass Theatre
Mason TempleSatellite(s)Solo Collective Theatre
John VothThe Lonesome WestCave Canem Productions
Raugi YuI Lost My HusbandRuby Slippers Theatre

 

Outstanding Performance by an Actress – Small Theatre

Patti AllenA Little Night MusicPatrick Street Productions
Lindsey AngellButcherPrime Cuts Collective
Yoshié BancroftThe Double Axe MurdersRusticate Theatre / Presentation House
Shayna JonesRuinedDark Glass Theatre
Melissa OeiA Beautiful ViewNaked Goddess Productions
Katrina ReynoldsSmart PeopleMitch and Murray Productions
Tara TravisWho Killed Gertrude Crump?Monster Theatre
Panthea VatandoostBlackbirdOne Story Collective
Lindsay WarnockA Little Night MusicPatrick Street Productions

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble – Small Theatre

Sarah Afful, Peter Anderson, Craig Erickson, Pippa Mackie, Naomi WrightThe Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Daniel Doerksen, David Newham, Kurt SchindelkaA Steady RainSeven Tyrants Theatre
Katey Hoffman, Cheyenne MabberleyThe After After PartyAfter Party Theatre

 

Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre

Itai ErdalThe ShipmentSpeakEasy Theatre
Gerald King1 Hour PhotoVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Gerald KingSatellite(s)Solo Collective Theatre
Sophia TangThe Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre

 

Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre

Drew FaceyThe Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Pam Johnson1 Hour PhotoVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Alex KirkpatrickThe Double Axe MurdersRusticate Theatre/Presentation House
Yvan MorissetteSatellite(s)Solo Collective Theatre
John WebberHow Star Wars Saved My LifeSome Assembly Theatre

 

Outstanding Costume Design – Small Theatre

Jessica BayntunA Little Night MusicPatrick Street Productions
Drew FaceyThe Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Stephanie KongCity of AngelsThe PIT Collective
Markian TarasiukThe ShipmentSpeakEasy Theatre

 

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Small Theatre

Steve Charles1 Hour PhotoVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Mishelle CuttlerThe Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Daniel Deorksen & Kurt SchindelkaA Steady RainSeven Tyrants Theatre
Keith ThomasButcherPrime Cuts Collective

 

Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre

Stephen DroverThe Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Ryan GladstoneWho Killed Gertrude Crump?Monster Theatre
Angela KonradRuinedDark Glass Theatre
Omari Newton & Kayvon KhoshkamThe ShipmentSpeakEasy Theatre

 

Outstanding Production – Small Theatre

Lonesome WestCave Canem Productions
The ShipmentSpeakEasy Theatre
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Who Killed Gertrude Crump?Monster Theatre

 

Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre

Joanna Garfinkel & Yoshié BancroftJapanese ProblemUniversal LimitedOutstanding use of a site specific historical venue for the purpose of connection, experience and impact
Tetsuro Shigematsu Jamie Nesbitt & Susan Miyagishima1 Hour PhotoVancouver Asian Canadian TheatreOutstanding technical design and execution for the purpose of historical storytelling
Marissa & Daniel ArnoldThe Ridiculous DarknessAlley TheatreOutstanding work involving and engaging distinct communities from the Lower Mainland for cross community outreach connection and performance
Tara Travis & Dusty HagerüdWho Killed Gertrude Crump?Monster TheatreOutstanding puppetry design, creation, execution and performance

 

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences

Elizabeth BarrettThe CodeGreen Thumb Theatre
Frankie Cottrell, Alex Gullason & Carly PokoradiThe Canada ShowMonster Theatre
Sereana MalaniThe Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeCarousel Theatre
Parmiss SehatJabberGreen Thumb Theatre & Neworld Theatre
Amanda TestiniThe Velveteen RabbitCarousel Theatre

 

Outstanding Design – Theatre for Young Audiences

Darren BoquistLightingThe Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeCarousel Theatre
Drew FaceySetCrème -GlacéeThéâtre la Seizième
Jay HavensSet, Costume, & PropsTh’owziya: The Hungry Feast DishAxis Theatre
Shizuka Kai, Joel Grinke, and Mishelle CuttlerSet, Projects, SoundJabberGreen Thumb Theatre & Neworld Theatre
Yvan MorissetteSetThe Velveteen RabbitCarousel Theatre

 

Outstanding Artistic Creation – Theatre for Young Audiences

Ryan Gladstone & Bruce HorakSong CompositionThe Canada ShowMonster Theatre
Chelsea HaberlinDirectingJabberGreen Thumb Theatre & Neworld Theatre
Patrick McDonaldDirectingThe CodeGreen Thumb Theatre
Deb WilliamsDirectingThe Velveteen RabbitCarousel Theatre
Marguerite WitvoetComposer/Musical DirectorTh’owxiya: The Hungry Feast DishAxis Theatre

 

Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences

Crème -GlacéeThéâtre la Seizième
JabberGreen Thumb Theatre & Neworld Theatre
The Canada ShowMonster Theatre
The CodeGreen Thumb Theatre
The Velveteen RabbitCarousel Theatre

 

Significant Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences

Axis TheatreTh’owxiya: The Hungry Feast DishOutstanding Artistic Achievement for centrally focusing on an Indigenous story
Green Thumb TheatreOutstanding Q & A preparation & execution
Green Thumb TheatreThe CodeOutstanding Artistic Achievement for exceptional presentation of contemporary, far reaching teen issues
Green Thumb Theatre & Neworld TheatreJabberOutstanding use of technology and media as a way of representing modern teenage explorations into identity
Green Thumb Theatre & Neworld TheatreJabberOutstanding Artistic Achievement for portraying how different races and religions can intertwine and co-exist

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Rachel AberleThe CodeGreen Thumb Theatre
Mark Leiren-YoungBar Mitzvah BoyPacific Theatre
Colleen MurphyThe Society for The Destitute Presents Titus BouffoniusRumble Theatre
Tesuro Shigematsu1 Hour PhotoVancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Jovanni SyNine DragonsVertigo Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, & Gateway Theatre

 

CRITIC’S CHOICE INNOVATION AWARD

CineramaFight with a Stick
HyperlinkElbow Theatre
Japanese ProblemUniversal Limited
Multiple OrganismMind of a Snail
The Ridiculous DarknessAlley Theatre in partnership with Neworld Theatre
Six Fine LinesLevel-Headed Friends Productions

 

28 May 2018: Due to errors in the press release, the nominations have been updated to include Neworld Theatre as a co-nominee for the production of Jabber alongside Green Thumb Theatre, corrected Warren Kimmel’s nomination for the Bard on the Beach production of Shylock, and corrected The Double Axe Murders’ nomination to correctly identify Presentation House.