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.
Nominations are being accepted for two annual awards for local individuals/organizations that have made considerable contributions to the local theatre industry:
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, and
The GVPTA Career Achievement Award recognizes an individual's exemplary commitment to the theatre and an elevating impact on the industry.
The awards will be presented at the 37th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
If you know of a worthy nominee for either of these awards for 2019, please use this online nomination form.
Nomination deadline for both awards is Wednesday, May 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 - Bonnie Mah
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
2018 - John Wright
2009 – Patrick McDonald
2000 - Patricia Andrew and John Keith
1991 – Dennis Tupman