Siminovitch Prize

 Canada's professional playwrights, directors and designers began to receive solid encouragement in their craft with the creation in 2001 of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Valued at $100 000 (reduced to $75 000 in 2012, its final year) and awarded annually in October to a recipient in the category of alternately playwriting, direction or design, it was Canada's largest theatre arts award.

The Siminovitch Prize, also called the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, was established in honour of playwright Elinore Siminovitch and her husband, the renowned geneticist and medical scientist Louis SIMINOVITCH. Reflecting their respective passions and contributions to the arts and the sciences, the award acknowledged artistic excellence and fostered the continued inspired evolvement of Canadian theatre.

The award was unique in its emphasis on mentorship. All recipients were to specify up to 2 theatre protégés, theatres or educational facilities with which a total of 25% of the prize amount would be shared.

The Siminovitch Prize was founded by Elizabeth and Tony Comper, Anna and Leslie Dan, Gay and John Evans, Sandra and Joseph Rotman, Angie and Cal Stiller, Judy and Larry Tanenbaum, BMO Financial Group, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, The J.P. Bickell Foundation, SickKids Foundation, Mount Sinai Hospital of Toronto, and University of Toronto. The prize was sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

Recipients of the Siminovitch Prize are as follows:


Daniel Brooks, director


Carole FRÉCHETTE, playwright


Louise Campeau, designer


Jillian Keiley, director


John MIGHTON, playwright


Dany Lyne, designer


Brigitte Haentjens, director


Daniel MACIVOR, playwright


Ronnie BURKETT, designer


Kim Collier, director


Joan MACLEOD, playwright


Rob Thomson, lighting designer