news | Tuesday November 8, 2011
(Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist)
We are overjoyed to announce that Victoria-based playwright Joan MacLeod has won the 2011 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the largest theatre award given out in Canada. MacLeod was chosen, in the words of the jury, for her “unique voice, her masterful storytelling, and the impact that her work has had among audiences in Canada and beyond”.
Her works include Jewel, Toronto, Mississippi, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, The Hope Slide, The Shape of a Girl, Homechild and Another Home Invasion, all of which have been presented with great success in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as around the world, where her plays have been translated into 8 languages.
MacLeod was up against five other finalists for the 11th annual honour: Robert Chafe (Newfoundland), Jasmine Dube (Quebec), Greg MacArthur (Alberta/Quebec), Mansel Robinson (Saskatchewan) and Larry Tremblay (Quebec).
The winner receives $75,000 as well as a $25,000 protégé award, which MacLeod chose to give to Toronto playwright Anusree Roy, the rising young author of Pyaasa, Letters to my Grandmother and Brothel #9.