Canadian Theatre Critics Association announces winners of 2019 CTCA Awards

Montreal Theatre Hub's Camila Fitzgibbon honoured among recipients


The Canadian Theatre Critics Association – an association comprising professional theatre critics, entertainment writers and journalists from Canadian electronic, broadcast and print media – has announced the recipients of its 2019 CTCA Awards.

The Canadian Theatre Critics Association gives out two major awards, The Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Critical Writing and The Herbert Whittaker Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre. Through these awards, the CTCA helps to honour those who have contributed to the growth of theatre making in Canada and continues to support the evolving practice of theatre criticism.

The Nathan Cohen Awards honours critics in 3 categories: Outstanding Review, Outstanding Critical Essay, and Outstanding Emerging Critic.

This year’s Nathan Cohen Award for Outstanding Review goes to Ottawa’s Jamie Portman for his review of Fierce by George F. Walker for Capital Critic’s Circle, with Barbara Gabriel receiving honourable mention for her review of The Front Page by Michael Healy at the Stratford Festival for Capital Critics’ Circle.

The 2019 winner for Outstanding Critical Essay is Kelly Nestruck for his long piece “Aimless and emotionally distant, Lepage’s Kanata is a defensive show with a misguided approach” for The Globe and Mail. Honourable mentions go to Robert Cushman for his memorial essay on actor Jennifer Phipps for his website Cushman Collected and CTCA President Carly Maga for her pair of articles reporting on Robert Lepage’s Kanata in Paris for The Toronto Star.

The inaugural Nathan Cohen Award for Outstanding Emerging Critic winner is Robyn Grant-Moran for her review of Prophecy Fog by Jani Lauzon for alt.theatre, with honourable mentions going to Camila Fitzgibbon for her review of Corey Payette’s Children of God for Montreal Theatre Hub and Natasha Lomonossoff for her review of The New Canadian Curling Club by Mark Crawford for Capital Critics’ Circle.

This year’s Herbert Whittaker Award For Distinguished Contribution To Canadian Theatre goes to Philip Akin, outgoing artistic director of Obsidian Theatre and accomplished actor and director.

Award recipients will be honoured at an official ceremony in Toronto in February of 2020.


Montreal Theatre Hub’s Camila Fitzgibbon receives the 2019 Nathan Cohen Award (honourable mention) for Outstanding Emerging Critic for her review of Children of God at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Photo Credit: David Cooper)

2019 CTCA Award Recipients

Herbert Whittaker Award For Distinguished Contribution To Canadian Theatre

  • Philip Akin

Nathan Cohen Award for Outstanding Review

Nathan Cohen Award for Outstanding Critical Essay

Nathan Cohen Award for Outstanding Emerging Critic

For more information about the CTCA Awards, visit www.canadiantheatrecritics.ca.

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