Toronto's Dora Awards Go to Louise Pitre, Morris Panych, Courageous, The Mill, Rock of Ages, Assassins

By Kenneth Jones
June 30, 2010

Michael Healey's Courageous, actress Louise Pitre and Theatrefront's production of The Mill were among recipients of Dora Mavor Moore Awards at a June 28 ceremony in Toronto.

The annual awards celebrate various disciplines and producer levels in the Toronto performing arts community. For more information, visit Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts at tapa.ca.

Production craftsperson Lokki Ma was presented with the 2010 Pauline McGibbon Award. The $7,000 cash prize and medal designed by Dora de Pédery-Hunt is awarded on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Arts Council in a three-year cycle to a designer, director and theatre craftsperson.

The Silver Ticket Award is bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. It was presented to one of the country's major contributors to Canada's theatrical landscape: Obsidian Theatre artistic director Philip Akin, "who has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and guidance for emerging black artists."

TAPA's Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production, co-sponsored by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square, was also handed out. The public was invited to vote online from a list of Outstanding Production nominees in all divisions; or input their own favorite. Presented with a commemorative plaque, the Audience Choice Award winner was Mirvish Productions' Rock of Ages.

Here are the 2010 Award winners:

GENERAL THEATRE PRODUCTION DIVISION

Outstanding New Play
Michael Healey
Courageous

Outstanding Production
Parfumerie
Soulpepper Theatre Company

Outstanding Direction of a Play / Musical
Morris Panych
Parfumerie

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role
Diego Matamoros
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role
Tara Rosling
If We Were Birds

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role / Ensemble
Maurice Dean Wint
Courageous

Outstanding Original Set Design
Ken MacDonald
Parfumerie

Outstanding Original Costume Design
Martha Mann
The Marriage of Figaro

Outstanding Original Lighting Design
Andrea Lundy
Hamlet

Outstanding Original Sound Design/Composition
Thomas Ryder Payne
If We Were Birds

Outstanding Musical Direction
Johannes Debus
The Flying Dutchman

Outstanding Original Choreography
Jonathon Feng Han; Alyssa Xiaoli Wang; Chen Jiao; Wen Qiqi
Monkey King

Outstanding Touring Production
Lipsynch
Luminato presents Ex Machina

INDEPENDENT THEATRE PRODUCTION DIVISION

Outstanding New Play or New Musical
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Gas Girls

Outstanding Production
The Mill
Theatrefront in association with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Outstanding Direction
Vikki Anderson
The Turn of the Screw

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role
Clinton Walker
The Turn of the Screw

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role
Christine Horne
The Turn of the Screw

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role / Ensemble
The Ensemble
Spent

Outstanding Original Set Design
Gillian Gallow
The Mill

Outstanding Original Costume Design
Dana Osborne
The Mill

Outstanding Original Lighting Design
Andrea Lundy
The Mill

Outstanding Original Sound Design/Composition
David Atkinson
The Belle of Winnipeg

DANCE DIVISION

Outstanding Original Choreography
Heidi Strauss
this time

Outstanding Production
Shoot the Moon/Wings of Wax/The Second Person
Luminato presents Nederlands Dans Theater

Outstanding Performance
Brendan Wyatt
this time

Outstanding Original Sound Design/Composition
Richard Sacks in collaboration with Red Sky musicians: Tuvshinjargal Damdinjav, Bat-Orshikh Bazarvaani, Batmend Baasankhuu, Eddy Robinson, Theo McGregor
Tono

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DIVISION

Outstanding Production
In This World
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People presents Youtheatre

Outstanding Performance
Natasha Greenblatt
Get Yourself Home Skyler James

MUSICAL THEATRE DIVISION

Outstanding New Musical/Opera
R Murray Schafer
The Children's Crusade

Outstanding Production
Assassins
BirdLand Theatre and Talk is Free Theatre

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role
Jeff Lillico
The Light in the Piazza

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role
Louise Pitre
The Toxic Avenger Musical

OPERA DIVISION

Outstanding Performance
Julie Makerov
The Flying Dutchman

Outstanding Production
The Nightingale and Other Short Fables
Canadian Opera Company/Festival d'Aix-en-Provence/Opéra national de Lyon in collaboration with Ex Machina