OAF News

Bria Hiebert Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, September 4, 2019 – Toronto based comedian Bria Hiebert is the 2019 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award. The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career. Bria Hiebert was selected for the award by the faculty of Humber College’s Comedy: Writing and Performance program and was presented the award Tuesday night at the Humber Comedy Program’s Alumni Show at Yuk Yuk’s.

About Bria Hiebert

Bria Hiebert is an up and coming stand-up comic, writer, and actor, who has performed at some the best comedy venues in Canada, the United States and the UK. She is a recent graduate of the Humber College Comedy Writing & Performance program, and was featured as a writer, actor, and stand-up in the New Faces ‘19 show at The Second City. She was also selected to compete in the 2019 Absolute Comedy Prove You're A Comic Competition.

Bria made her Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2018 and returned to the festival in 2019. She was the 2018 recipient of the Brian Linehan Comedy Writing and Performance Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise. Bria produces various successful shows across Toronto such as Kitchen Comedy, a secret pop-up stand-up show.


About the Award

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City. Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

Previous Tim Sims Encouragement award winners from Humber College include:  Glenys Marshall (2018), Jordanne Brown (2017) and Robbie Woods (2016). See the full list of previous recipients here.

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For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019, the OAF paid out over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award - Call for Applications

Toronto, July 18, 2019 - The Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award - Call for Applications


About the Award
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To celebrate the too short life of Ellen Ross Stuart (Nel), the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award was created in 2017 to "Open Doors" by empowering young writers to actively engage in their craft in association with Tarragon Theatre, the Blyth Festival, and Hart House Theatre.

Over the course of a two-year period, the recipients of the award will work closely with our partner theatres to create a script that will be showcased in workshop form at the Tarragon Theatre in May 2021.

The prize awards each recipient a total of $9,000 over three intervals to support the development of their work, in addition to funding the culminating workshop.

Eligibility:

  • Are you between 21 and 30 years of age
  • Have had your plays performed in a post-secondary institution, community theatre, theatre festival or playwright’s unit
  • Have completed appropriate training at a post-secondary level
  • Have an exciting idea that will engage an audience of your peers in their 20’s


The purpose of this award is to connect artists with professional contacts and is therefore not designed for people who have pre-existing work/working relationships with PACT companies.


Application Guidelines and Forms can be found at:
Ontario Arts Foundation
https://oafdn.ca/pages/ellen-ross-stuart-opening-doors-awards


For further information please contact:
Autumn Smith
General Manager
openingdoorsaward@gmail.com

Joanna Yu honoured with the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Toronto, June 24, 2019 – Toronto-based set and costume designer, Joanna Yu is the 2019 recipient of the $20,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.  The award is given annually to professional costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.

About Joanna Yu

Joanna Yu has designed costumes and sets for many performing arts organizations across Canada including the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre, the Grand, Why Not Theatre, Factory Theatre, Obsidian, Nightwood, Cahoots, Musical Stage Co., Theatre Passe Muraille and the Blyth Festival. Joanna has been an Assistant Designer with Soulpepper, Canadian Opera Company and the Stratford Festival.

She has been a guest artist/designer at Humber College, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Ryerson University, Randolph Academy for the Arts and has guest lectured at York University.

Recipient of the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, Joanna’s upcoming credits include set designs for Much Ado about Nothing and Measure for Measure at Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park, set and costumes for the world premiere of Kat Sandler’s Yaga at Tarragon Theatre, and set and costumes for Pinocchio at Young People’s Theatre.


Jury Comments

The jury was unanimous in their choice of Joanna Yu as the 2019 laureate, stating “Joanna’s work is beautiful and reflects a wide breadth of expression. Her designs have a strong understanding of palette, texture, proportion and history. Joanna shows curiosity and artistic whimsy in her of pattern. Virginia Cooper created this award to celebrate the love of creation. Joanna’s costumes are a perfect manifestation of that wish.”

Joanna Yu was selected by a jury comprising David Boechler, costume designer (Toronto), Patricia Flood, costume designer, educator, author (Guelph), and Tamara Marie Kucheran costume designer, 2017 Cooper laureate (Stratford).

"The Aeneid", Stratford Festival 2016. Director: Keira Loughran Photo by: David Hou. Pictured clockwise from left: Karen Robinson, Bahareh Yaraghi, Saamer Usmani, Josue Laboucane, Gareth Potter, Michael Spencer-Davis


About the Award

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".  Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award, and the Ontario Arts Council manages the nomination and adjudication process.

Previous award winners include:  Gillian Gallow (2018), Tamara Marie Kucheran (2017) and Camellia Koo (2016).  See the full list of previous recipients here.

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For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2018-2019, the OAF paid out over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2018-2019, the Ontario Arts Council invested $61.1 million in 228 communities across Ontario through 2,252 grants to individual artists and 1,424 grants to organizations.

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