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Gina Wilkinson Prize 2023 - Call for Nominations now Open

Toronto, October 3, 2022 – Thank you to all our generous donors who supported Gina’s Prize during our 10th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign in 2022! 

Gina’s Prize is going strong and is now accepting nominations for 2023.

Theatre artists from underrepresented genders which includes cis women, trans women, and non-binary folks who have acquired foundational training (from a training program or through experience) and have worked for at least 5 years are eligible for Gina’s Prize. Artists must also be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or as a self-identifying Indigenous artist.

The Prize
Gina’s Prize is awarded annually, offering financial support to an inspirational theatre artist with a demonstrated body of work and who is recognized by their communities for their practice, leadership and dedication to their craft. Gina’s Prize shines a spotlight on an artist whose practice and leadership merits recognition at this stage of their evolution.

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the 2023 recipient.
A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to each of two finalists.
Past nominated artists may re-apply.

The Process
1. A nomination letter from an artistic collaborator, (with a maximum of one additional support letter if desired), who can speak to the nominee’s artistic practice, values, and the ways in which they create space and care for other artists.  Please also speak to why this moment in their evolution is a time to be recognized.

2. In the spirit of Gina’s interdisciplinary artistry (dancer, visual artist, actor, director, playwright) nominated artists may submit: 

  • a written document  (to a maximum of 3 pages);
  • one of the following to a maximum of 5 minutes: video vignette, photos, mixed media, movement piece or other, to share with us:
    • Where are you in your evolution as a theatre artist/leader?
    • Please share the values that guide your process, how these values inform your practice/leadership, and how your work embodies them.
    • Describe how your practice contributes to the artistic community and beyond, as well as how it considers future generations of theatre artists.
    • What does Gina's Prize mean to you in this moment?

3.      The nominated artist’s headshot and CV 

The Gina’s Prize selection committee consists of: Micheline Chevrier, Krista Jackson, Ann-Marie Kerr, Lindsay Lachance, Kimberley Rampersad, Tom Rooney & Jovanni Sy.

Nominators please email all materials to:ginasprize@gmail.com

Deadline: December 15, 2022

About the Prize

Gina's Prize pays tribute to Gina Wilkinson, who passed away in 2010, and whose dedication, vision and indomitable spirit imbued her work and her life.

Gina’s interdisciplinary artistry as a dancer, visual artist, actor, playwright and director established herself as a daring, strong, inventive leader and collaborator in the Canadian theatre. She believed in the necessity of fun in the rehearsal hall, on and off stage, and in all aspects of one’s life. In the spirit of Gina's appetite for life, the Prize is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses.

Gina’s Prize honours artists who work across Turtle Island on both treaty and unceded territories. Through this prize, we look to acknowledge and amplify their relationship to the land they live on and the communities they serve.   


For more information about the Award:
Krista Jackson & Kimberley Rampersad, Committee Co-Leaders

For more information about the Ontario Arts Foundation:

Bruce Bennett, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | bbennett@oafdn.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2021-2022, the OAF paid out over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

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