Vancouver Theatre: 2014 Jessie Awards Winners

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Here’s a full list of your 2014 Jessie Awards Winners! Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

Large Theatre

FOREIGNER3 The Foreigner. Pictured (L-R): Erla Faye Forsyth, Peter Carlone, John Voth, Kaitlin Williams. (Photo by Ron Reed.)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
John Voth, The Foreigner (Pacific Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Colleen Wheeler, Elizabeth Rex (Bard on the Beach)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Peter Carlone, The Foreigner (Pacific Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Erla Faye Forsyth, The Foreigner (Pacific Theatre)

Outstanding Lighting Design
Jeff Harrison, Floyd Collins (Patrick Street Productions)

Outstanding Set Design
Drew Facey, Art (Gateway Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design
Barbara Clayden, Proud (Firehall Arts Centre)

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition
Torquil Campell & Chris Dumont, Hamlet (Bard on the Beach)

Outstanding Direction
Kim Collier, Hamlet (Bard on the Beach)

Outstanding Production Musical
Avenue Q (Arts Club Theatre Company)

Outstanding Production Play
The Seafarer Pacific Theatre

Significant Artistic Achievement
Scott Bellis, Jeny Cassady, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kayla Dunbar, Evangelis Kambites, Andrew MacDonald Smith, Andy Toth
Avenue Q (Arts Club Theatre Company)
Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Small Theatre

_MG_0953 Killer Joe. Pictured: L-R: Meghan Chenosky as Dottie Smith and Colby Wilson as Killer Joe. (Photo by Andrew Klaver.)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Bob Frazer, Whose Life is it Anyway? (Realwheels Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Emmelia Gordon, Dissolve (Shameless Hussey Productions)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Alec Willows, Of Mice and Men (Hardline Productions)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Meaghan Chenosky, Killer Joe (ITSAZOO Theatre Productions)

Outstanding Lighting Design
Adrian Muir, Whose Life is it Anyway? (Realwheels Theatre)

Outstanding Set Design
Drew Facey, Penelope (Rumble Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design
Marti Wright, Uncle Vanya (The Virtual Stage)

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition
Matthew MacDonald-Bain & Malcolm Dow, Of Mice and Men (Hardline Productions)

Outstanding Direction
Richard Wolfe, Inside the Seed (Up in the Air Theatre)

Outstanding Production
Killer Joe (ITSAZOO Theatre Productions)

Significant Artistic Achievement
Keith Murray, Mark Sylvester, Christine Reimer, Philip Birkby, Danielle Marlene Gotell, Samantha Tsang, Bill Moysey, Eric Thys Miller, Willliam Hales, Paul Dutton, Maziar Mehrabi
Nothing But Sky (The Only Animal)
Outstanding Achievement in Integrated Design

Outstanding Original Script
Jason Patrick Rothery, Inside the Seed (Up in the Air Theatre)

Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Innovation Award
This Stays in the Room (Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre)

Theatre for Young Audiences

Outstanding Performance
Dominic Duchesne & Lauren Jackson, Extra-Céleste (Théâtre la Seiziéme)

Outstanding Design
Cathy Nosaty, Graham Ockley, Stephanie Kong, Al Frisk, Carolyn Rapanos, Mac Hiller Design Ensemble – Jack and the Bean (Presentation House Theatre)

Outstanding Artistic Creation
Anita Rochon, Direction – Extra-Céleste (Théâtre la Seiziéme)

Outstanding Production
Busytown (Carousel Theatre for Young People)

Significant Artistic Achievement
Drew Facey, Outstanding Body of Work

Additional Awards

  • GVPTA Patron of the Arts Award – Darleen Howard
  • Mary Phillips Prize for Behind-the-Scenes Achievement – Bonnie Allan
  • Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer – Jay Clift
  • John Moffat & Larry Lillo Prize – Richard Wolfe
  • GVPTA Career Achievement Award – Christopher Gaze
  • Sydney Risk Prize– Billy Marchenski
  • Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre – David Kerr
  • Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director – Brian Cochrane

Random Commentary

of mice and men
Of Mice and Men. Pictured: L-R: Sebastian Kroon as Lennie and Christine Quintana as Curley’s wife.  (Photo by David Cooper.)

My interests lie in indie theatre, so many of the plays I saw this year are from the Small Theatre section.

Thoughts on Large Theatre: I can attest that lighting design for Floyd Collins was amazing, as was the entire set – easily the best parts of an otherwise rough and souless show. I also caught Pacific Theatre’s The Seafarer, and while a good all-rounder, I don’t think it was spectacular. Then again, perhaps this year’s nominees for outstanding production play didn’t rise up to the challenge. Looks like I should have placed my bets on Pacific Theatre’s other major winner of the night – The Foreigner. Also on my ‘must watch’ list, in bold, this year’s outstanding production musical winner Avenue Q. Thankfully The Arts Club is bringing this back next season.

Small Theatre: I’m so glad to see Of Mice and Men receive the props this production deserved in the actor in a supporting role and outstanding sound design categories. It was the first review I wrote for Vancity Buzz, and to this day, it still sticks with me. I haven’t seen that attention to sound performed again on the Vancouver stage, so big kudos to Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Malcolm Dow for creating a magical world. I would have thought Sebastian Kroon as Lennie was a sure thing for actor in lead role, as he was absolutely stunning to watch. It’s too bad about the double nomination for Killer Joe for actress in a supporting role, but I think the judges picked the right actress. Meaghan Chenosky’s depiction of loopy, not-quite-there woman-child was a good highlight of that show. While Killer Joe deserves its title of outstanding production, if you were to look at sheer ‘gut factor,’ I would’ve gone for Of Mice and Men.

Still, having so many strong, bold young companies constantly pushing themselves and the audience is a happy, happy thing.

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