16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards Recipients Announced!

August 30, 2013 by  
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Partnerships and community spirit dominate at the 16th annual Betty Mitchell Awards!

Recipients of the 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards were announced during a gala event at Stage West Theatre Restaurant on Monday, August 26, 2013. This year’s award ceremony paid homage to 81 nominations in 16 award categories from 56 eligible productions.

The evening of awards honouring Calgary’s 2012/2013 professional theatre season was hosted by two of Calgary’s most vibrant theatre artists, Nicole Zylstra and Stafford Perry, who opened the evening with an ode to every actor’s life struggle – a song entitled “Cast Me Maybe” (a lighthearted parody of “Call Me Maybe”).

In addition to having some fun, the awards gala also took time to recognize the significant impact the 2013 flooding in Southern Alberta had on the performing arts community.  His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi delivered a stirring call out to the audience to support flood impacted businesses and communities. Never ones to wallow, the Bettys stage show celebrated the efforts made by members of the theatre community to assist each other (in some cases total strangers) in surviving and recovering from the devastating effects of the flood waters.

The presentations of awards began strong for Vertigo Theatre, with the award for Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role going to Natascha Girgis for The Ends of the Earth.  Following that, there was a double-bill of Terry Gunvordahl winning Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Set Design for Double Indemnity.

Alberta Theatre Projects was well-recognized with eight awards: Intimate Apparel represented well in two categories, with Graham Percy receiving Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Deitra Kalyn receiving Outstanding Costume Design. The God That Comes received Outstanding Sound Design or Composition for Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry and was applauded with Outstanding Production of a Musical.  Continuing their long tradition of popular work, The Apology received the FFWD Readers’ Choice Award, and Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Comedy Or Musical went to Scott Shpeley for his role as Snoopy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Red rounded out Alberta Theatre Projects’ honours, receiving both Outstanding Direction for Vanessa Porteous, and nabbing Outstanding Production of a Play.

The evening also conferred individual successes on a number of people and productions, including Outstanding Choreography Or Fight Direction going to Karl Sine for William Shakespeare’s Land Of The Dead: A True And Accurate Account Of The 1599 Zombie PlagueJulie Orton receiving Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Comedy Or Musical for her role in Scarlet Woman, and Outstanding New Play going to Arun Lakra for Sequence.  Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Drama recognized Geneviève Paré for her role in Polygraph, and Haysam Kadri took home Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Drama for Bashir Lazhar.

There was only one tie in the evening, with Don Horsburgh (Next To Normal) sharing the spotlight with Joe Slabe (Maria Rasputin Presents).

The Juried Awards emphasized efforts made to enrich the lives of the people within the Calgary performing arts community, with Nova Lea Thorne honoured with the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award; Onalea Gilbertson with the Greg Bond Memorial Award honouring outstanding contribution to musical theatre in Calgary; and Richard McDowell receiving the Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award Honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production.  In addition, the Stage Door staff at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts were acknowledged for their vigilance and devotion to the success of the people and companies gracing their building with the 2013 Outstanding Contribution award.

The Betty Mitchell Awards are a significant annual event for Calgary’s professional theatre community. These awards recognize the continued level of excellence in our theatres, raise the profile of live performance in our city, and encourage audience growth.

2013 Betty Mitchell Awards Recipients Listing

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Natascha Girgis – The Ends of the Earth – Vertigo Theatre

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Terry Gunvordahl – Double Indemnity – Vertigo Theatre

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Terry Gunvordahl – Double Indemnity – Vertigo Theatre

DUVAL LANG THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES AWARD
Nova Lea Thorne
presented in conjunction with Quest Theatre,

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Graham Percy – Intimate Apparel – Alberta Theatre Projects

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Deitra Kalyn – Intimate Apparel – Alberta Theatre Projects

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN OR COMPOSITION
Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry – The God That Comes – Alberta Theatre Projects/2b theatre company

FFWD READERS’ CHOICE AWARD
The Apology – Alberta Theatre Projects

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OR FIGHT DIRECTION
Karl Sine – William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague – Ground Zero Theatre/Hit & Myth Productions/The Shakespeare Company

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION
Don Horsburgh – Next to Normal – Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre (TIE)
Joe Slabe – Maria Rasputin Presents – Forte Musical Theatre Guild (TIE)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Julie Orton – Scarlet Woman – Lunchbox Theatre

GREG BOND MEMORIAL AWARD HONOURING OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSICAL THEATRE IN CALGARY
Onalea Gilbertson

DEAN OTT/DEBBIE BOULT AWARD HONOURING OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Richard McDowell

2013 Betty Mitchell Awards Recipients Listing (continued)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Scott Shpeley – You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – Alberta Theatre Projects

OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
Arun Lakra – Sequence

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
Vanessa Porteous – Red – Alberta Theatre Projects

BETTY MITCHELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THEATRE IN CALGARY
The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts Stage Door Staff

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Geneviève Paré – Polygraph – Sage Theatre

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Haysam Kadri – Bashir Lazhar – Downstage

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
The God That Comes – Alberta Theatre Projects/2b theatre company

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Red – Alberta Theatre Projects

2013 Betty Mitchell Awards – Juried Awards Recipients Announced

August 23, 2013 by  
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The juries have convened, deliberated, and have chosen the recipients for the 2013 Betty Mitchell Awards juried awards:

Nova Lea Thorne for the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award presented in conjunction with Quest Theatre, honouring Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences;

Richard McDowell for the Dean Ott/ Debbie Boult Award honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production

Onalea Gilbertson for the Greg Bond Memorial Award recognizing Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary;


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2012 Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award Honours Nova Lea Thorne.

Nova Lea Thorne is the consummate example of what a theatre educator, leader, and mentor to young people should be.  Her dedication to the education and involvement of youth in theatre is demonstrated by a reputation that it is never about her; it is always about the kids.

“Nova Lea is always in the shadows, always stage left, back in the wings. It’s time to shine the spot light on her!” Karen Johnson-Diamond, Chair of the Jury, remarked on announcing Nova Lea as the recipient.

“If there was ever a person who could foster a love of theatre in anyone she meets, it is her.  She carries every child she’s ever met into her work and her life.” The jury deciding the recipient of the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences award added.

The 2013 Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award Honours Richard McDowell.

“He brings a superior attention to details, cares about every note of a musical score or soundtrack and finesses each transition into an exceptional experience for the audience.” Denise Clarke wrote of Richard McDowell in a letter of support.

Richard has had a varied, but significant impact on the Calgary live-performance landscape.  Having studied midi systems and early computer/sampling, he made a trip to the Banff Centre in 1986 to ‘study’ and use their equipment. But not being one to limit himself to that endeavor, he wound up teaching himself and them while he created the score to Denise Clarke’s 1988 Olympic Arts Festival piece, The Blind Struggle. From that, his influence spread rapidly.

He is a musician having played bass in a well-known rock band The Rip Chords and is the person behind the creation of the alternative nightclub, Ten Foot Henry’s which tore open the indie rock scene in the mid 80s in Calgary and saw many an early theatrical creative collaboration form.

Denise Clarke added, “He is one of those people who is so kind and so helpful to others that he becomes the multi-tasker on any project he is attached to. Video issues? Computer issues? Sure he’ll interrupt his detailed work on your musical score or your soundtrack, and work to solve the problem then pick up his other work when you are at home in bed.”

The 2013 Greg Bond Memorial Award Honours Onalea Gilbertson.

Onalea is a singer, theatre artist, poet and musician who enjoys experimenting with a wide variety of material from cabaret to concert hall.  As a theatre artist she has performed numerous roles across Canada including 7 seasons as an ensemble member with the award-winning One Yellow Rabbit. She has worked extensively with several incredible Canadian composers including Dave Pierce, David Rhymer and Marcel Bergmann. Onalea’s original pieces REQUIEM FOR A LOST GIRL:  A Chamber Musical About Homelessness and BLANCHE: The Bittersweet Life Of A Wild Prairie Dame premiered Off Broadway as special events of the New York Musical Theatre Festival this past season.

“This young woman is not only a credit to our theatre community, but one of the most innovative contributors to performing arts in this country.” Artist and writer Hal Kerbes said in a message of support.

16th Annual Betty Mitchell Award Nominations Announced!

July 4, 2013 by  
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 THE 16th ANNUAL BETTY MITCHELL AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED!

Click here to see the complete list of nominees

Today, the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee is pleased to announce nominations for the 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in professional theatre in Calgary.

The 80 nominations across 16 categories include 23 companies and 31 distinct productions. Addressing the 2013 award nominations, Richard Lam, Chair of the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee, remarks,

“The amount of nominations resulting from co-productions or partnerships between companies just goes to show how collaborative and inclusive the Calgary theatre community is, and how those collaborations result in some fantastic work.”

Three special adjudicated awards will also be presented at the 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards: the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award (a $2000 cash prize) presented in conjunction with Quest Theatre, the Greg Bond Memorial Award (a $1000 cash prize, honouring Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary), and the Dean Ott/ Debbie Boult Award (honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production). The Bettys’ media sponsor, Fast Forward Weekly will also be presenting the Fast Forward Weekly Readers’ Choice Award.

The 2012/2013 professional theatre season (June 15, 2012–June 14, 2013) brought to the stage 56 shows eligible for Betty Mitchell Award nominations. Ballots for voting on the nominations will be distributed to the 12-member Nominating Committee, eligible Passport Holders from the theatre community and general public as well as to last year’s recipients who reside in the Calgary area.

The 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards Gala will be held:

Sweet 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards | MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013
Stage West, 727 42 Ave SE |Doors 6pm | Buffet 6-7:30pm | Awards 7:30pm
Price: $60 for the first 150 tickets sold and $65 thereafter.
Includes admission to the gala and the official after party!

For tickets, contact the Stage West Box Office at (403) 243-6642

The gala ceremony is always great fun and this year promises to be no exception.

Afterparty:

After the Betty Mitchell Awards Ceremony join us at Brewster’s Pub downtown as we toast another fantastic year!

From 10:00pm
Brewster’s Pub Downtown
834 11th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5
Phone: (403) 265-BREW(2739)

Admission is free.

Save the Date & Passport Deadline

June 10, 2013 by  
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The 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards will be held on Monday, August 26th, 2013
at Stage West (727 42 Ave SE)
Doors 6pm | Buffet 6pm – 7:30pm | Awards 7:30pm

Tickets are on sale now through the Stage West Box Office. Order tickets by phone with a credit card at 403.243.6642 or in person at Stage West.

Early Bird Price: $60 (First 150 tickets)
Regular Price: $65

Keep up with our Facebook page and Twitter feed for future details

 

 

Passport Deadline is June 28th

To ensure that you receive your nomination ballot on time, please mail in your passport to:

The Betty Mitchell Awards
c/o R.W. Quinlan
220 – 7260 12th Street SE
Calgary, AB
T2H 2S5

Passport Drop-Off Dates

If you would like to drop off your passport, or have any questions, please visit the Alberta Theatre Projects/Theatre Calgary Offices on June 19th or 26th (the 26th has been cancelled due to recent flooding) from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Offices are in the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (205 8th Ave SE) in the +15 level. A Steering Committee Member will be there to assist you and collect your passport.

 

Greg Bond Memorial Award 2013 – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

June 7, 2013 by  
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Chris Jacko accepting the 2012 Greg Bond Memorial Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Greg Bond Memorial Award. Deadline for Submission: July 5, 2013.

This annual award is intended to honour the outstanding achievement by an individual—either for this season or for accumulated dedication or achievement—in musical  theatre in Calgary.

The award is made possible through the Toronto Community Foundation, and is presented by the Bond Family in memory of their son, Greg (1954–1989). Greg studied and worked in musical theatre across Canada, from Banff to Charlottetown as well as in Australia. His life was marked by a drive for professionalism, a talent for composition, and a desire to continually study, create and perform. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and his remarkable ability to give and engender respect from everyone whom his life touched.

Criteria for nomination:

  • Must be a Calgary resident who has continuously striven for excellence in his/her craft;
  • Will have contributed to the profile of musical theatre in Calgary;
  • Will have the qualities of: cooperation, self-discipline and work ethic;
  • Areas of specialization may include, but are not restricted to: performance, musical direction, education, choreography, composition, instrumentalist;
  • Is a professional in his/her field, and viewed as such by his/her peers.

Each nominee submission must include the following: (1) The nominee’s full address, e-mail (optional) and telephone number. (2) A one-page letter explaining why the nominee should receive this award. (3) Supporting documentation to a maximum of 10 pages (optional). This could include letters of support, newspaper articles, etc.  (No videos will be accepted, please do not send original documents as materials submitted cannot be returned)

The recipient will be chosen by a jury consisting of past recipients plus other industry professionals, as selected by the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee. The successful nominee will receive a $1000 cash award and be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 26, 2013, which celebrate Calgary’s professional theatre community.

Previous recipients have included: Doug McKeag, Tom Doyle, Margot McDermott, Bob Foster, Marilyn Perkins, Stage West Calgary, Hal Kerbes, Joe Slabe, Elaine Higgin Case, Mark Bellamy, David Rhymer, Denise Clarke, Joel Cochrane,  Tory Doctor, and Chris Jacko.

To submit a nominee, please mail to:

Betty Mitchell Awards, Re: Greg Bond Memorial Award
PO Box 924 Station T
Calgary, AB
T2H 2H4

or email to:
info@bettymitchellawards.com
Subject Line: Greg Bond Memorial Award

The Sweet 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards, MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013. Doors at 6pm, Buffet 6pm-7:30pm, Awards at 7:30pm. Price: $60 for the first 150 tickets sold, $65 thereafter. Includes admission to the gala and official after party! For tickets, contact the Stage West Box Office: 403-243-6642

Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award 2013 – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

June 7, 2013 by  
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Kathleen Foreman accepting the 2012 Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award. Deadline for Submission: July 5, 2013.

This annual award has been created to honor an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution or significant achievement in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences in Calgary. This award is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Quest Theatre and the Betty Mitchell Awards and is supported by a fund established in 2008 at the Calgary Foundation by a group of generous donors in recognition of Duval Lang.

Duval Lang was the founding Artistic Director of Quest Theatre and spent 25 years making theatre accessible, meaningful and enjoyable to young audiences. Along the way he has nurtured many emerging artists who have been inspired by his influence. Duval’s dedication to his craft has, and will continue to have, a significant impact in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

Criteria for nomination:

  • May be an individual or group of individuals (but not an organization);
  • Must be a Calgary resident who has continuously striven for excellence in his/her craft;
  • Has demonstrated excellence in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences;
  • May be awarded for an outstanding season of work, individual achievement, or a sustained contribution to the community.

Each nominee submission must include the following: (1) The nominee’s full address, e-mail (optional) and telephone number. (2) A one-page letter explaining why the nominee should receive this award. (3) Supporting documentation to a maximum of 10 pages (optional). This could include letters of support, newspaper articles, etc.  (No videos will be accepted, please do not send original documents as materials submitted cannot be returned)

The recipient will be chosen from among the nominees by a jury consisting of past recipients plus other industry professionals, as selected by Quest Theatre and the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee. The successful nominee will be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 26, 2013, which celebrate Calgary’s professional theatre community.

2009 was the first presentation of the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award. Past award recipients have been Lana Skauge, Karen Johnson-Diamond, Daniel Hall, and Kathleen Foreman.

To submit a nominee, please mail to:

Betty Mitchell Awards, Re: Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award
PO Box 924 Station T
Calgary, AB
T2H 2H4

or email to:
info@bettymitchellawards.com
Subject Line: Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award

The Sweet 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards, MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013. Doors at 6pm, Buffet 6pm-7:30pm, Awards at 7:30pm. Price: $60 for the first 150 tickets sold, $65 thereafter. Includes admission to the gala and official after party! For tickets, contact the Stage West Box Office: 403-243-6642

Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award 2013 – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

June 7, 2013 by  
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Riley Miljan accepting the 2012 Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award. Deadline for Submission: July 5, 2013.

This annual award has been created to honour a member of Calgary’s theatre community who has made a major contribution or significant achievement in the area of technical production in Calgary. This award is given in recognition of Dean Ott and Debbie Boult. Throughout their lives, Dean and Debbie continually strove for excellence and were regarded as a benchmark for professionalism. The recipient of this award will reflect Dean and Debbie’s passion for their craft.

 

Criteria for nomination:

  • Must be a Calgary resident who has continuously striven for excellence in his/her craft;
  • Will have the qualities of professionalism, cooperation, self-discipline and strong work ethic;
  • May be awarded for an outstanding season of work, individual achievement, or a sustained contribution to the community;
  • Areas of specialization may include, but are not restricted to: stage management, stage carpentry, production management, running crew, wardrobe, lighting or sound technician.

Each nominee submission must include the following: (1) The nominee’s full address, e-mail (optional) and telephone number. (2) A one-page letter explaining why the nominee should receive this award. (3) Supporting documentation to a maximum of 10 pages (optional). This could include letters of support, newspaper articles, etc.  (No videos will be accepted, please do not send original documents as materials submitted cannot be returned)

The recipient will be chosen from among the nominees by a jury consisting of past recipients plus other industry professionals, as selected by the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering Committee. The successful nominee will be recognized at the Betty Mitchell Awards, August 26, 2013, which celebrate Calgary’s professional theatre community.

Previous recipients have included: Tom McCarthy, Colin McCracken, Monty Schneider, Dianne Goodman, Brad & Ellen Leavitt, Lance Olson, Tracey Hooper, Darcy Foggo, Ian Wilson, Brian Beaulieu, Terri Gillis, Wes Jenkins, Susan McNair Reid, Kira Campbell, and Riley Miljan.

To submit a nominee, please mail to:

Betty Mitchell Awards, Re: Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award
PO Box 924 Station T
Calgary, AB
T2H 2H4

or email to:
info@bettymitchellawards.com
Subject Line: Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award.

The Sweet 16th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards, MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013. Doors at 6pm, Buffet 6pm-7:30pm, Awards at 7:30pm. Price: $60 for the first 150 tickets sold, $65 thereafter. Includes admission to the gala and official after party! For tickets, contact the Stage West Box Office: 403-243-6642

15th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards Recipients Announced!

September 4, 2012 by  
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Click here to see the full recipient list

Recipients of the 15th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards were announced during a gala event at Stage West Theatre Restaurant on Monday, August 27, 2012. This year’s award ceremony paid homage to 80 nominations in 16 award categories from 61 eligible productions.

The evening of awards honouring Calgary’s 2011/2012 professional theatre season was hosted by Russell Bowers of CBC’s Daybreak. Joining in the celebration were The Honourable Heather Klimchuk, MLA and Minister of Culture for Alberta and Mayor Naheed Nenshi who both expressed their admiration for the fine work that graces the city’s stages throughout the year.

Musicals were well-represented, with Vertigo Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street garnering four honours (Outstanding Musical Direction – Stephen Woodjetts; Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Comedy Or Musical – Kevin Aichele; Outstanding Production Of A Musical and the FFWD Weekly Readers’ Choice Award) and Ash Rizin from Alberta Theatre Projects taking home three (Outstanding Performance By An Actor In a Supporting Role – Kyle Jespersen; Outstanding Performance by An Actress In A Supporting Role – Allison Lynch; and Outstanding Sound Design Or Composition – Kyprios).

Although there were no landslide winners, Alberta Theatre Projects productions had the most honours with nine awards, also netting three for Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (Outstanding Set Design – David Fraser; Outstanding Direction – Ron Jenkins; and Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Drama – Shaun Smyth), two for Mary’s Wedding (Outstanding Lighting Design – Narda McCarroll and Outstanding Production Of A Play), and one more for The Wizard of Oz (Outstanding Costume Design – John Pennoyer).

The sole tie of the night was in the category of Outstanding New Play which was awarded to Ethan Cole and Eric Rose (Peril in Paris) alongside Karen Hines (Drama: Pilot Episode).

Rounding out the ceremony were the awards for Outstanding Choreography Or Fight Direction going to Anita Miotti (Hunger Striking, Urban Curvz); Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Comedy Or Musical awarded to Nicola Cavendish (Shirley Valentine, Theatre Calgary); and Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Drama for Julia Mackey (Jake’s Gift, Lunchbox Theatre).

In addition to the 16 balloted awards, three juried awards were also presented: The Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award to Kathleen Foreman; the Greg Bond Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary to Chris Jacko; and the Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production to Riley Miljan.

The Betty Mitchell Awards are a significant annual event for Calgary’s professional theatre community. These awards recognize the continued level of excellence in our theatres, raise the profile of live performance in our city, and encourage audience growth.

The complete list of award recipients can be found here.

 

Juried Awards Recipients Announced!

August 13, 2012 by  
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The juries have convened, deliberated, and have chosen the recipients for the 2012 Betty Mitchell Awards juried awards:

  • Kathleen Foreman for the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award presented in conjunction with Quest Theatre, honouring Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Chris Jacko for the Greg Bond Memorial Award recognizing Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary
  • Riley Miljan for the Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production

The 2012 Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award honours
Kathleen Foreman. Kathleen Foreman is a performing artist and teacher specializing in actor training, improvisation, performance creation, mask creation and performance, theatre for young audiences, applied theatre, and drama education. She is an original member of the Loose Moose Theatre Company and a member of masQuirx: a company of masks and mask performance. She is a co-researcher in Aesthetic Process and Leadership Development at the Banff Centre.

Karen Johnson-Diamond, Chair of the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award jury, says, “Ms. Foreman is a powerhouse in the community. The jury chose Kathleen unanimously, and the letters of support that accompanied her nomination were glowing with praise. The joy felt by her nominators is overwhelming.”

Trevor Rueger, Chair of the Betty Mitchell Awards Steering committee adds “Nobody is more deserving of this award – Kathleen works tirelessly to promote Theatre for Young Audiences in Calgary and ensure this important genre is a vibrant part of our theatre landscape. We at the Bettys are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize the immense contributions she has made over many years as a teacher and performer, and we thank and congratulate her.”

The 2012 Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award honours Riley Miljan. Riley Miljan learned carpentry from his father and grandfather before training at Red Deer college. He has since become an institution in the scenic carpentry and design/fabrication disciplines in Calgary. His connection to multiple media including steel, wood, paint, and found objects from nature is only matched by his respect for his fellow artists and he freely gives his time and energy to teaching the next generation of theatrical craftspeople.

In a letter supporting Riley’s nomination, Gie Roberts, former Managing Director of Alberta Theatre Projects, writes “Where Riley really shines though is his connection to the people he works for and with. He’s a joy to have as your head carpenter on a show if you’re a designer. For the people who work for Riley, he makes the work fun and exciting, mostly because he’s having fun and is excited by it.”

The 2012 Greg Bond Memorial Award honours Chris Jacko. After training at Ryerson University Theatre School in Toronto, Chris Jacko appeared on the Calgary technical production scene and quickly made a name for himself. After working with companies such as Theatre Junction and the University of Calgary, Chris found a home with Theatre Calgary where he uses his outstanding talent and his keenly honed ear to create spectacular auditory experiences for the audience.

Kathryn Kerbes, Chair of the Greg Bond Memorial Award jury, says, “The jury was unanimous in its endorsement of Mr. Jacko who not only embodies the spirit of the award, but goes above and beyond to mix extraordinary sound, making every performer sound better, and every director and musical director indebted to him. He is truly the unsung hero of musical theatre.”

Celebrating the past season on the eve of the new, this year’s Betty Mitchell Awards will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2012 at Stage West, 727 42 Avenue SE. The gala ceremony is always great fun and this year promises to be no exception.

Tickets can be purchased through Stage West Theatre Restaurant by phoning 403.243.6642.
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Nominations Announcement this Tuesday!

June 27, 2012 by  
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REMINDER: The Nominations Announcement for the 2012 Betty Mitchell Awards will take place this Tuesday, July 3rd at 4 p.m. in the Auburn Saloon (115, 9th Ave. S.E.-at the base of the Calgary Tower). Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The complete list of nominees can be accessed at www.bettymitchellawards.com following the announcement.

Now in their 15th year, The Betty Mitchell Awards are an important part of Calgary’s professional theatre community.  These awards not only recognize the continued level of excellence in Calgary theatres but also raise the profile of live performance in our city and encourage audience growth.

Tickets for the 2012 Betty Mitchell Awards are on sale now and can be purchased through Stage West Theatre Restaurant by phoning 403.243.6642. The first 150 tickets will be sold at an early bird price of $60. For further information please visit our website at www.bettymitchellawards.com.

Please direct any additional questions to Karen Johnson-Diamond at kjdc@shaw.ca.

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