As GVPTA entered its second decade in the 1980s, an initiative was undertaken to produce an awards ceremony that would highlight and enhance the value of the local professional theatre scene. The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, named for one of Vancouver’s theatre pioneers, were first presented by GVPTA in 1983 at the Arts Club Theatre, celebrating the season’s accomplishments with fourteen awards. The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society, a non-profit charitable organization, was formed in 1997 to take over the production of the awards, however the GVPTA remains involved through the administration of the GVPTA Career Achievement Award and the Patron of the Arts Award.
A total of 53 productions are up for awards at the 38th Annual Jessie Awards in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a livestream ceremony will be broadcast to announce the winners from the Firehall Arts Centre on June 29, 2020 from 7:00–9:00 pm. Click here to read the announcement, and see the full list of nominees here.
Nominations are invited each year for two annual awards for local individuals/organizations that have made considerable contributions to the local theatre industry: Patron of the Arts Award and the GVPTA Career Achievement Award. The Awards will be presented at the 2020 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards being held *online* due to COVID-19. Nominations are reviewed for consideration by a jury consisting of members of the theatre community.
Nominations are now closed.
Questions can be directed to GVPTA Executive Director, Kenji Maeda at email@example.com.
2019 - Grant Burnyeat
2012 - Jim Green
2011 - Jane Penistan
2010 - Lionel Johnston
2009 – Granville Island Hotel
2008 - Tony DuMoulin and DuMoulin Boskovich
2007 – Marlie Oden
2006 – Industrial Alliance Pacific
2000 – Alcan
1999 – DuMaurier Arts
1998 - WaaZuBee Cafe and Subeez Café
1997 – Vancity
1996 – Don Atkins, Benwell Atkins
2019 - David Diamond
2009 – Patrick McDonald
2000 - Patricia Andrew and John Keith
1991 – Dennis Tupman