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The Ottawa-Gatineau theatre party of the year is back!

Prix Rideau Awards, Canada’s ONLY bilingual theatre awards, annual gala has been announced.

What: Prix Rideau Awards was created in 2006 to celebrate, encourage and promote French and English locally produced professional theatre and its artists, through an annual awards gala. The first gala in 2007 was just the beginning. Join us for the 8th annual event this fall. 

Where: Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau, just across from the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Civilization) at 25, rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 4C8

When: September 27th 2015, 7PM doors and cocktails, 8PM awards ceremony, 9PM dancing, fine nibbles and after ceremony celebration. 

Why: because the theatre community is a growing and vibrant one and we want to acknowledge outstanding contributions by our artists and practitioners. And besides…everyone loves a good party!

Nominees will be announced September 1st on social media, our website and PORTA(i)L.

Ticket Prices:

  • Early Bird (Until Sept. 1st): $25.00
  • September 1st to 26th: $30.00
  • At the door: $35.00

For further information and to order tickets please see EventBrite or email info@prixrideauawards.ca

On Twitter @prixrideauaward 

On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PrixRideauAwards


Call for jurors - 2015-2016 season

The Prix Rideau Awards would like to invite you to apply to be a juror for the upcoming 2015-2016 season before June 15, 2015 at 11:59pm.

The jury composition will change, according to the new rules and regulations which can be found here.

Applications for jurors will be considered for all of the following positions:

  • 5 to 7 professional theatre artists including one anglophile Francophone professional artist (one year terms only);
  • 2 theatre educators, theatre professors, drama teachers or art/theatre critics (1-3 year terms, to be replaced on a rotational basis, 1 each year);
  • 1 member of the public (3 year term, to be replaced on a rotational basis with the preceding category).

Bilingual Francophone members of the Board of Directors will choose the members of the Anglophone jury before the start of the season on July 1st, 2015.

Professional artists, arts educators and critics are invited to submit a CV. Artists should submit any known conflict of interest for the upcoming season’s productions and all applying should also send any known schedule conflicts for the season (travel, etc.)

The member of the public should submit, as well as a CV, a short letter of intent explaining why he or she would like to be considered for a juror position and their experience as a theatre goer (subscriptions purchased, festivals or events attended...) for the last three years.

The Prix Rideau Awards will be responsible for creating a production calendar for the upcoming season before July 1st. Availabilities and conflicts of interest will be considered before the final jury composition.

Please note that productions can be added to the schedule and submitted at least 90 days before the premiere. In these cases, the decision to consider or not the submitted production will depend on availabilities and conflict of interest of the composed jury.

Members of the jury must respect the following conditions, as specified in the new rules and regulations:

  • They must be free to attend at least 70 % of the shows of the season, without personal or professional conflicts of interest and without schedule restrictions;
  • Jurors understand that they must be ready and present to attend productions that are part of the Undercurrents Festival (February 10-20, 2016) and the Ottawa Fringe (June 16-26, 2016);
  • Jurors must declare any and all conflicts of interest when submitting their CVs and as the season progresses if any shows are added after the June 15 deadline;
  • Jurors must agree to be present at deliberations, which will take place after the season and no later than August 15.

Please send your submission to info@prixrideauawards.ca.


Derrière le Rideau Award – Call for submissions (18 month season)

If you would like to recognize the exceptional work of a “behind-the-scene artist” or theatre craftman who worked on a production between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, please do so by August 1, 2015 at 11:59pm.

The submission should include your name and theirs, and a short letter detailing how this artist's or craftsman's work went above and beyond the call of duty in their capacity. Behind the Rideau awards can be given to stage managers, production managers, artistic directors, communications officers, box office managers, volunteer coordinator, any professional company employee or even a board member.

The letter submissions should be sent to the jury for consideration to info@prixrideauawards.ca.


Call for Productions to be Evaluated

To all company directors, ad hoc collectives and individual artists,

You are invited to submit your upcoming productions for adjudication by the jury of the Prix Rideau Awards by June 15, 2015 at 11:59pm.

The Prix Rideau Awards will now be awarded on a season based timeframe; as such the production needs to take place in Ottawa/Gatineau (and surrounding areas) between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

These productions should comply with the new rules and regulations of the Prix Rideau Awards. These new rules, in English, can be found here

If your production is submitted by the deadline of June 15, 2015, we will guarantee that the jury will adjudicate your production for the 2015-2016 awards. You may also submit a production up to 90 days before the premiere but we may not be able to guarantee the jury's attendance and adjudication: this will depend on jury availability and sufficient number of jurors not having any conflict of interest with the proposed production. For any production submitted after the June 15, 2015 deadline, you will be notified by the jury president if the jury can attend your production. You are therefore encouraged to apply by the deadline.

For any questions, please contact info@prixrideauawards.ca


Upcoming Awards Ceremony: Looking for Volunteers

The Prix Rideau Awards (PRA) are gearing up for the next awards ceremony which will take place Sunday, September 27st 2015 at the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau (secteur Hull) in the Salle Jean-Despréz. This celebration will exceptionally cover a period of 18 months (from January 1st 2014 to June 30th 2015) as the PRA transitions into a new season based model for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.  As such, henceforth, the PRA aims to be a celebration of past accomplishments and a way to announce and create buzz for projects on the horizon. 
A first meeting of potential volunteers will take place Sunday, April 26th at 5 p.m. at Marie-Eve Fortier’s residence:
165, rue Notre-Dame-de-l'île
Gatineau (secteur Hull) (QC)
J8X 3T2
Refreshments will be served.
There is a ton to be done, from small last minute jobs all the way to leadership roles.  Teri Loretto-Valentik and Marie-Eve Fortier will be happy to explain the plan of action.
If you would like to volunteer but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Marie-Eve and Teri at the following addresses:
Marie-Eve Fortier – eve.fortier@gmail.com
Teri Loretto-Valentik – teri.loretto@cbc.ca