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Nominations for fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize now being accepted

Ongoing donations and generous gift increases annual prize to $5000

Media Release #22

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 15, 2014) — Nominations for the fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize (Gina’s Prize) will be accepted starting October 15, 2014. The prize is intended to recognize an experienced female theatre artist transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction. The annual Gina’s Prize pays tribute to Canadian actor, playwright and director Gina Wilkinson and her unyielding dedication, vision and indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life. The recipient will be chosen from nominations brought forward by members of the Canadian theatre community. This year’s nomination deadline is December 15, 2014, with the award recipient announced on March 10, 2015.

An actor for over twenty years, Gina began turning her attention to both writing and directing and, in the last few years of her too-short life, established herself as a daring, strong, inventive and important director and collaborator in the Canadian theatre community. Shortly after Gina died in December 2010, a fund was established to benefit female theatre directors. The Gina Wilkinson Prize was made possible by the generous support of over 200 people from all across Canada.

In the past year, a generous gift was made to the fund by the beneficiaries of the Estate of Elsie V. Adamson. Gina’s brother, Martin Wilkinson, a Victoria based financial advisor for RBC Dominion Securities, was a long-time friend and advisor of Mrs. Adamson. As a result of this generous gift, in combination with previous and ongoing donations to the fund, the Prize has been increased from $2000 to $5000. In the spirit of Ms. Wilkinson’s generosity and appetite for life, this prize is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses.

Award Details

  • Eligibility: Nominees must be members of the Canadian professional theatre community and Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Preference will be shown to nominees who have spent several years in a theatre discipline other than directing (acting, stage management, design, theatre administration, etc.) and who are now transitioning into directing.
  • Nomination deadline: December 15, 2014.
  • The recipient will be announced on March 10, 2015 and a prize of $5000 will be awarded.

The Process

The nomination should consist of:

  1. A nomination letter in support of the nominee by a recognized theatre professional.
  2. An acknowledgement of the nomination by the nominee, along with a brief outline of their artistic vision, and how the Gina Wilkinson Prize might assist them in furthering their practice in this time of transition.
  3. The nominee’s resume.

Anyone wishing to re-nominate their past nominee is encouraged to do so. All nominations must be submitted electronically to the following email address: ginasprize@gmail.com. The nomination will be reviewed by the Gina Wilkinson Prize Jury: Micheline Chevrier, Bonnie Green, Eda Holmes, Krista Jackson, Jackie Maxwell, Tom Rooney and Bob White.

Previous winners of the Gina Wilkinson Prize include: Ann-Marie Kerr of Halifax (2012), Krista Jackson of Winnipeg (2013) and Christine Brubaker of Toronto (2014).

The Gina Wilkinson Prize Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so by visiting the Ontario Arts Foundation website at www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca/.

Gina Wilkinson

Gina Wilkinson

Gina Wilkinson – Bio

Gina Clare Wilkinson was born March 10, 1960, in Victoria, B.C. to visual artist, Jack Wilkinson, and ballet teacher, Marie Wilkinson. Gina graduated from the National Theatre School in Montreal and spent the first 20 years of her career as an actor working in theatres across Canada. Her innate understanding of storytelling in the theatre was an invaluable asset when working on new plays and made her transition from actor to director a natural one. Her incredible ability to communicate with everyone involved in the making of a play – actors, designers, technicians – made her a successful director and theatre collaborator. Her dedication, imagination, humour and unique visual sensibility were some of Gina’s many strengths, but it was her understanding and compassion for all things human – both the beautiful and the ugly – that made her a true artist.

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519-305-0082
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