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:

2001

Daniel Brooks, director

2002

Carole FRÉCHETTE, playwright

2003

Louise Campeau, designer

2004

Jillian Keiley, director

2005

John MIGHTON, playwright

2006

Dany Lyne, designer

2007

Brigitte Haentjens, director

2008

Daniel MACIVOR, playwright

2009

Ronnie BURKETT, designer

2010

Kim Collier, director

2011

Joan MACLEOD, playwright

2012

Rob Thomson, lighting designer