Congratulations to Blyth Festival alumni for their nominations and wins announced last night during the 40th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards ceremony, presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) to celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera.
First of all, congratulations to nominees who are part of our 2019 Company: Actor Catherine Fitch, for her nomination in Outstanding Performance of an Individual in Her Inside Life, Leroy Street Theatre; Sound Designer Heidi Chan, for her nomination for Outstanding Design Composition in Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), Saga Collectif; and lighting designer Rebecca Picherack, for her nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design in NOOR, Generous Friends.
Congratulations also go to Steve Lucas, who was lighting designer for The Pigeon King in 2017 and 2018 at the Blyth Festival, and in the 2019 production at the National Arts Centre. He was on the creative team of Next to Normal, The Musical Stage Company, presented by David Mirvish, which won Outstanding Production in the Musical Theatre Division.
Blyth Festival alumni on the list of winners include:
- Christopher Morris (playwright of Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning), who is playwright of Runner, which won Outstanding New Play in the Independent Theatre Division.
- Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman (former member of the Young Company), who is playwright of Guarded Girls, which won Outstanding New Play in the General Theatre Division.
- Ken MacKenzie (set and costume designer of Mary’s Wedding), who won Outstanding Scenic/Projection Design in the General Theatre Division for his work in The Royale.
- Michelle Ramsay (lighting designer in Ipperwash) who won Outstanding Lighting Design in the General Theatre Division for her work in The Royale.
- Gillian Gallow (set and costume designer of Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning, Vimy and Pearl Gidley), who won outstanding costume design in the General Theatre Division for her work in Orlando.
- Melanie McNeill (former head of Wardrobe) who won Outstanding Costume Designer in the Independent Theatre Division for her work in Space Opera Zero!
Other nominees who have worked at the Blyth Festival include: designer Teresa Pryzbylski; costume designer Joanna Yu; actor Meegwun Fairbrother; actor Deborah Drakeford; lighting designer Bonnie Beecher; director Philip Akin; actor Bruce Dow; choreographer Kerry Gage; actor Christopher Allen; and scenic designer Glenn Davidson.