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And the winner is...

Below is the list of winners of the 8th Prix Rideau Awards, provided under embargo until after the awards are announced on Sunday, September 27th, 2015.

This year's awards cover the 18-month period from January 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. A new policy to evaluate productions by theatrical season (from July to June) rather than by calendar year came into effect on July 1, and the evaluation period was extended to accommodate the transition. During this period, 16 French-language productions and 66 English-language productions were evaluated by two groups of performing arts professionals in the national capital region. The selections were submitted by secret ballot to two independent accountants - the French to Marcil Lavallée and the English to Financial MSH - who were responsible for calculating the results.

A crowd of approximately 175 members of Ottawa-Gatineau's English and French theatrical circles (the number of reservations confirmed at the time this email was sent) gathered Sunday night in the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau to see the prizes awarded and to launch the new theatre season. 

The Prix Rideau Awards would like to thank its partners:

Mensour Agency

Canadian Actors Equity Association

AOE Arts Council

Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa

Epicuria Catering

Ottawa Fringe Festival

Marcil Lavallée, Chartered Accountants

MSH Financial, Chartered Accountants

City of Ottawa

City of Gatineau


For further information, please contact:

Kyle Ahluwalia (Interim President) - president@prixrideauawards.ca

Joël Beddows (Past President) - jbeddows@rogers.com



Outstanding Production

Re :Union by Sean Devine (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)

Outstanding New Work

The Elephant Girls by Margo MacDonald

Outstanding Director

Mary Ellis (The Elephant Girls, Parry Riposte Productions)

Outstanding Performance, Male

Tim Oberholzer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Vanity Project)

Outstanding Performance, Female

Margo MacDonald (The Elephant Girls, Parry Riposte Productions)

Outstanding Designs

Seth Gerry, Lighting (Happiness, May Can Theatre)

John Webber, Set and Lighting Design (Re: Union, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades) 

Emerging Artist

Alanna Bale, Actor

Behind the Rideau

Tim Oberholzer


Production de l’année

À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Théâtre de l’île

Nouvelle création de l’année

Fucking Carl de Caroline Yergeau et Louis Philippe Roy

Mise en scène de l’année

Kira Ehlers (À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Théâtre de l’île)

Interprétation féminine de l’année

Andrée Rainville (Cinéma, Théâtre la Catapulte et Théâtre Belvédère)

Interprétation masculine de l’année

Richard Bénard (À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Théâtre de l’île)

Conceptions de l’année

Christian Fontaine, décor (Quand la mer, Théâtre de la Vieille 17)

Benoît Brunet-Poirier et Marie Pierre Proulx, scénographie-vidéo (Cinéma, Théâtre la Catapulte et le Théâtre Belvédère)

Prix ‘Artiste en émergence’

Marie-Ève Fontaine, comédienne


Announcing the 2015 Nominees!

To read the press release and for a complete list of nominees, click here.


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.