6th Annual METAs – Montreal English Theatre Awards Nominees Announced

Winners to be revealed at the awards ceremony on Sunday, October 14th


MONTREAL, Thursday, September 6th, 2018. The Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic work in English Theatre performed throughout Montreal. The peer-juried awards promote professional and emerging English theatre artists and companies, to heighten their visibility both regionally and beyond, and to elevate the level of critical discourse about theatre in Montreal among artists and with the community at large.

The 2017-18 Nominees were announced at a conference held at The Monument-National Café on Thursday evening. This past season, the METAs Jury selected a total of 83 nominations. A total of 19 trophies will be awarded at the Ceremony: 16 peer-juried awards; 1 community award (determined by an independent Community Jury); and 2 Honorary Awards: the Unsung Hero of the Theatre (UHOT) Award and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award.

NoteThe METAs Committee (METAC) is asking for companies and individuals to submit nominees for these two honorary awards. The nomination deadline is September 14th. For more information, visit http://metas.ca/metas-honorary-awards/.)

Leading the list of nominees this year is Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome) with 8 award nominations, including one for Outstanding PACT Production. The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre) and Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts) follow with 7 distinctions apiece; Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre) amasses a promising 6. Other prominent PACT productions to make the cut are Successions (Centaur Theatre Company), Rendez-Vous with Home (Black Theatre Workshop), and The Angel & The Sparrow (Segal Centre for Performing Arts), all with 5 nominations each.

In independent professional theatre, The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Daughter Product) and Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions) split the lead with 6 nominations. Sapientia (Scapegoat Carnivale) garners 5 and À Louer (Troisième espace théâtre/Third Space Theatre & Kyle Croutch) comes in with 4.

Winners of the 6th Annual METAs will be announced live at the awards ceremony, to be held on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at the Monument-National (1182 Saint-Laurent Blvd.) This year’s event will be hosted by Michaela Di Cesare and Jesse Stong with the musical stylings of Nick Carpenter and The METAfour.

Tickets to the #METAs2018 ($30.00 online / $40.00 at the door) are now on sale at: https://metas.brownpapertickets.com.


2018 METAs emcees Jesse Stong and Michaela di Cesare at the Nominees Announcement event held at Monument-National on Thursday, September 6th (Photo: Ashley Frankel)

2017-18 METAS NOMINEES

Outstanding Lead Performance – Actress
Letitia Brookes – The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre)
Djennie Laguerre – Rendez-Vous with Home (Black Theatre Workshop)
Louise Pitre – The Angel & The Sparrow (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Michelle Rambharose – Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre)
Natalie Tannous – The Baklawa Recipe (Centaur Theatre Company)

Outstanding Lead Performance – Actor
Shawn Campbell – The Mystery of Irma Vep (Theatre Lac-Brome)
Davide Chiazzese – Successions (Centaur Theatre Company)
Jesse Noah Gruman – The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Tristan D. Lalla – The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre)
Oliver Price – The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Daughter Product)

Outstanding Supporting Performance – Actress
Sponsored by Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Skyler Clark – Smackhead (We Are One)
Ellen David – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Gita Miller – Successions (Centaur Theatre Company)
Riley O’Donnell – The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Christina Tannous – The Baklawa Recipe (Centaur Theatre Company)

Outstanding Supporting Performance – Actor
Eloi ArchamBaudoin – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Tyrone Benskin – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Ryan Bommarito – Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre)
Adam Capriolo – Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre)
Nick Walker – Late Company (d² productions)

Outstanding Ensemble
The 39 Steps – Lucinda Davis, Trent Pardy, Amelia Sargisson, Andrew Shaver (Centaur Theatre Company)
Around the World in 80 Days – Danielle Desormeaux, Michael Hughes, Chimwemwe Miller (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
Art – Jimmy Blais, Daniel Brochu, Marcel Jeannin (Hudson Village Theatre)
Sapientia – Alison Darcy, Robert Leveroos, Alexandra Petrachuk, Paul Van Dyck (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Set Design
John C. Dinning – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Martin Ferland – The Angel & The Sparrow (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Sabrina Miller – Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
Zoe Roux – Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions)
Eo Sharp – The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design
Sponsored by Maria Arciero Design
Louise Bourret – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Sophie El Assaad – Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions)
Michael Gianfrancesco – The 39 Steps (Centaur Theatre Company)
Sabrina Miller – Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
Eo Sharp – The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre)

Outstanding Lighting Design
Sponsored by Solotech
Claude Accolas – The Angel & The Sparrow (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Andrea Lundy – The 39 Steps (Centaur Theatre Company)
David Perreault Ninacs – Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
David Perreault Ninacs – The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre)
Tim Rodrigues – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

Outstanding Sound Design / Composition
Sponsored by Solotech
Joseph Browne & Evan Stepanian – Sapientia (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Rob Denton – Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
Gitanjali Jain – Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre)
Steve Marsh (Sound Design) & Jonathan Monro (Musical Direction / Arrangement) – The Angel & The Sparrow (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
Christian Thomas – Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

Outstanding Contribution to Theatre
Karl-Henry Brézault: Live Musical Performance – Rendez-Vous with Home (Black Theatre Workshop)
Guillaume Lévesque: Interactive Technology Design – Dreaming Now (Youtheatre)
Sarah Osmond: Properties Master – Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
Evan Stepanian: Live Musical Performance – Sapientia (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Kate Stockburger: Stage Management & Object Dramaturgy – À Louer (Troisième espace théâtre/Third Space Theatre & Kyle Croutch)

Outstanding New Text (Original or Adaptation)
Kalale Dalton-Lutale – Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions)
Michaela Di Cesare – Successions (Centaur Theatre Company)
Natalie Liconti – The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Daughter Product)
Pascale Rafie (New Text) & Melissa Bull (Translation) – The Baklawa Recipe (Centaur Theatre Company)
Gabriel Schultz – Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions)

Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) – Performance
Sponsored by the National Theatre School of Canada
Ryan Bommarito – Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre)
Natalie Liconti – À Louer (Troisième espace théâtre/Third Space Theatre & Kyle Croutch) / The History of Sexuality (Talking Dog Productions) / The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Daughter Product) / Vic & Flo Saw a Bear (Talisman Theatre)
Michael Martini – Olivia Newton-John-a-thon (Visite Collective)
Anton May – HAIR (In the Wings Promotions) / The Mountain & Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions) / Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love (Repercussion Theatre)
Gita Miller – Successions (Centaur Theatre Company)

Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) – Production
Sponsored by the Monument-National
Stephanie Costa: Direction – Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions)
Kalale Dalton-Lutale: Playwriting – Pinky Swear (Geordie Productions)
Daughter Product: Theatre Company – The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Daughter Product)
Zoe Roux: Set & Lighting Design – Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions) / Smackhead (We Are One)
Kate Stockburger: Stage Management & Object Dramaturgy – À Louer (Troisième espace théâtre/Third Space Theatre & Kyle Croutch) / Stage Management – The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Daughter Product) & The Mystery of Irma Vep (Theatre Lac-Brome)

Outstanding Direction
Dean Patrick Fleming – Art (Hudson Village Theatre)
ahdri zhina mandiela – The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre)
Dayane Ntibarikure – Rendez-Vous with Home (Black Theatre Workshop)
Mike Payette – Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome)
Mia van Leeuwen – Sapientia (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Community Production
Sponsored by Global News
The Addams Family – West Island Theatre Association
Calendar Girls – Lakeshore Players Dorval
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society
The Mikado – Lakeshore Light Opera
Once Upon A Mattress – Hudson Music Club

Outstanding Independent Production
Sponsored by Caisse de la Culture
À Louer – Troisième espace théâtre/Third Space Theatre & Kyle Croutch
Invasive Species – Blue Ox Productions
The Life and Death of Fred Herko – Daughter Product
Sapientia – Scapegoat Carnivale
Smackhead – We Are One

Outstanding PACT Production
The Angel & The Sparrow – Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Around the World in 80 Days – Geordie Productions & Theatre Lac-Brome
The Mountaintop – Black Theatre Workshop & Neptune Theatre
Rendez-Vous with Home – Black Theatre Workshop
Successions – Centaur Theatre Company

Source: http://metas.ca/awards/2018-ceremony/



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