The Dora Mavor Moore Awards (the Dora Awards) awarded their top prizes last night during an online presentation gala broadcast over 3,400 viewers on YouTube.
A total of 46 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award, in honour of the late and beloved NOW Magazine senior theatre writer, were given out.
VIP presenters included Mayor John Tory, Rick Mercer (Rick Mercer Report), Michael Healey (playwright), Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience) and Jully Black (Juno and Gemini Award winner).
The Canadian Opera Company dominated the opera division with four awards for their critically acclaimed 2019 production of Rusalka. Outstanding New Opera went to Tapestry Opera’s Shanawdithit. Tapestry’s Jacqueline also took home a statue for Outstanding Performance by an Individual (Marnie Breckenridge).
Outstanding performance by an Ensemble went to Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit Co-produced by Soundstreams, Signal Theatre and the Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš.
In the general theatre division, it was a big night for Soulpepper’s The Brothers Size which took home five awards in total, including Outstanding Production in the General Theatre Division. Ken MacKenzie won for Outstanding Scenic/Projection Design for Almighty Voice and His Wife.
Tarragon Theatre’s Buffoon landed two awards for Anosh Irani (Outstanding New Play) and to Anand Rajaram for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role.
Julius Caesar, a co-production from The Groundling Theatre Company and Crow’s Theatre, earned an award for Outstanding Lighting Design.
In the independent theatre division, Coal Mine Theatre’s Marjorie Prime won three Dora Awards, and one for Between Riverside and Crazy to Alexander Thomas for Outstanding Performance by an Individual to total four awards, leading the division overall.
The Howland Company’s Casimir and Caroline saw two Doras: one for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble to Alex Crowther, Hallie Seline, Cameron Laurie, Caroline Toal, Michael Ayres, James Graham, Kimwun Perehinec, Shruti Kothari, Veronica Hortiguela and Michael Chiem; and one for Outstanding Costume Design to Ken MacKenzie.
Keith Barker earned Outstanding New Play for his This Is How We Got Here, a Native Earth Performing Arts production.
Further awards in this division go to Melissa Joakim for Outstanding Scenic Design for Prophecy Fog (co-produced by The Theatre Centre and Paper Canoe Projects in association with Nightswimming Theatre), and to Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for timeshare performance’s Box 4901.
Winners in the Dance Division included Rock Bottom Movement’s hollow mountain and the National Ballet of Canada’s Angels’ Atlas (part of its triple bill Angels’ Atlas with Chroma & Marguerite and Armand) with two awards each.
Outstanding Performance by an Individual went to Josh Martin for Leftovers, and, Outstanding Original Sound Composition went to composers Eliot Britton and Rick Sacks for AF from Red Sky Performance.
The Outstanding Touring Production went to Us/Them (BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Big in Belgium presented by Mirvish Productions).
Congrats to all the winners!