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The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards

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.

2019 Nominations Now Closed

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

Nominations for both awards were accepted until 5:00PM Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Nominations are reviewed for consideration by a jury consisting of members of the theatre community.

Questions can be directed to GVPTA Executive Director, Kenji Maeda at executivedirector@gvpta.ca.


Past Recipients
Patron of the Arts Award

The Patron of the Arts Award recognizes outstanding contribution to theatre, not as a practitioner but as an integral supporter that advances the ecology through their dedicated support and contribution of expertise or resources. Nominee could be an individual, organization or business

2018 - Bonnie Mah
2017 - Bryan Searle and Patrice Savoie
2016 - Wendy Orvig
2015 - Stan Hamilton
2014 - Darlene Howard
2013 - BMO

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
2005 – Woodhouse and Assoc Inc
2004 – Alice Niwinski
2003 – Gram
2002 – CMHC
2001 – Telus

2000 – Alcan
1999 – DuMaurier Arts
1998 - WaaZuBee Cafe and Subeez Café
1997 – Vancity
1996 – Don Atkins, Benwell Atkins

Past Recipients
GVPTA Career Achievement Award

The GVPTA Career Achievement Award recognizes an individual's exemplary commitment to the theatre and an elevating impact on the industry.

2018 - John Wright
2017 - Marsha Sibthorpe
2016 - Margo Kane
2015 - Jerry Wasserman
2014 - Christopher Gaze
2013 - Anna Hagan and Terence Kelly
2012 - Pam Johnson
2011 - Bernard Cuffling
2010 - Kathryn Shaw

2009 – Patrick McDonald
2008 – Glynis Leyshon and Del Surjik
2007 - John Juliani and Donna Wong Juliani
2006 – Thor Arngrim
2005 – Bruce Ward
2004 – Jane Heyman
2003 – Donna Spencer
2002 – Wayne Specht
2001 - Elizabeth Ball

2000 - Patricia Andrew and John Keith
1999 – Pat Armstrong
1998 – Dennis Foon
1997 - Micki Maunsell
1996 – Bill Millerd
1995 - Robert Clothier and Shirley Broderick
1994 – John Brockington
1993 – Larry Lilllo
1992- Barney O’Sullivan

1991 – Dennis Tupman
1990 – Antony Holland
1989 – Joy Coghill
1988 - Ray Michal and Mary Phillips
1987 – Eleanor Gregory
1986 – Norman Young
1985 – Dorothy Davies
1984 – Douglas Bankson
1983 - Dorothy Somerset




The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) strives to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.

At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.