Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations announced, with Pacific Theatre joining the big companies in the lead

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In terms of sheer numbers, there were some surprises amid the nominations for the 32nd annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards when they were announced today at the Vancouver TheatreSports League Improv Centre on Granville Island.

With 14 nominations in the large-theatre category, Pacific Theatre scored almost as many nods as the much bigger Bard on the Beach, which had 15, and more than the Arts Club Theatre, which had 13. The 128-seat, Christian-focused, South Granville-area venue received the nominations for its productions of The Seafarer and The Foreigner, both of which are up for outstanding production of the year.

Hamlet took five nominations at Bard, including a shoutout for actor Jonathon Young in the title role, and the Arts Club's Armstrong's War scored five nominations as well. Patrick Street Productions' musical Floyd Collins is also put foward five times.

Out of 22 productions nominated in the small-theatre category, Itsazoo Productions' trailer-park-set Killer Joe took the most nods, at seven. Realwheels Theatre received six for Whose Life Is It Anyway, including outstanding production, with Bob Frazer up for outstanding actor in a lead role. 

A complete list of nominees is below. Final awards will be handed out on June 23 at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickest are available through Ticketmaster 1-855-985-5000 or online at

The ceremony is being produced and directed by Vancouver TheatreSports.


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role - Large Theatre

Haig Sutherland—Elizabeth Rex—Bard on the Beach

John Emmet Tracy—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

John Voth—The Foreigner—Pacific Theatre

Jonathon Young—Hamlet—Bard on the Beach

Ron Reed—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role - Large Theatre

Colleen Wheeler—Elizabeth Rex—Bard on the Beach

Emmelia Gordon—Proud—Firehall Arts Centre

Lindsey Angell—Venus in Fur—Arts Club Theatre Company

Margo Kane—For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again—Talking Stick Festival

Matreya Scarrwener—Armstrong’s War—Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Large Theatre

Allan Zinyk—Twelfth Night—Bard on the Beach

Anton Lipovetsky—Measure for Measure—Bard on the Beach

Jonathan Young—Twelfth Night—Bard on the Beach

Peter Carlone—The Foreigner—Pacific Theatre

Tim Dixon—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Large Theatre

Caitriona Murphy—Mary Poppins—Arts Club Theatre Company

Erla Faye Forsyth—The Foreigner—Pacific Theatre

Jennifer Lines—Twelfth Night—Bard on the Beach

Krystin Pellerin—Floyd Collins—Patrick Street Productions

Naomi Wright—Hamlet—Bard on the Beach

Outstanding Lighting Design - Large Theatre

Adrian Muir—The Romeo Initiative—Touchstone Theatre

Conor Moore—Armstrong’s War—Arts Club Theatre Company

Jeff Harrison—Floyd Collins—Patrick Street Productions

John Webber—“Art”—Gateway Theatre

Robert Sondergaard—Helen Lawrence—Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Set Design - Large Theatre

Drew Facey—“Art”—Gateway Theatre

Drew Facey—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Drew Facey—Des fraises en janvier—Théâtre la Seizième

Drew Facey—The Romeo Initiative—Touchstone Theatre

Lauchlin Johnston—The Foreigner—Pacific Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design - Large Theatre

Barbara Clayden—Proud—Firehall Arts Centre

Mara Gottler—Elizabeth Rex—Bard on the Beach

Mara Gottler—The Romeo Initiative—Touchstone Theatre

Sheila White—Dreamgirls—Arts Club Theatre Company

Sydney Cavanagh—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition- Large Theatre

Bradley Danyluk—Floyd Collins—Patrick Street Productions—

John Murphy, Anthony Pavlic, Benjamin Elliott—Measure for Measure—Bard on the Beach

Luke Ertman—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Owen Belton—The Romeo Initiative—Touchstone Theatre

Torquil Campbell and Chris Dumont—Hamlet—Bard on the Beach

Outstanding Direction - Large Theatre

Anthony F. Ingram—The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Evan Frayne—The Foreigner—Pacific Theatre

Kim Collier—Hamlet—Bard on the Beach

Mindy Parfitt—Armstrong’s War—Arts Club Theatre Company

Rachel Ditor—Elizabeth Rex—Bard on the Beach

Outstanding Production Musical - Large Theatre

Avenue Q—Arts Club Theatre Company

Dreamgirls—Arts Club Theatre Company

Floyd Collins—Patrick Street Productions

Mary Poppins—Arts Club Theatre Company

Out of a Dream—Patrick Street Productions

Outstanding Production Play - Large Theatre

The Seafarer—Pacific Theatre

Armstrong’s War—Arts Club Theatre Company

Des fraises en janvier—Théâtre la Seizième

Hamlet—Bard on the Beach

The Foreigner—Pacific Theatre

Significant Artistic Achievement - Large Theatre

Scott Bellis, Jeny Cassady, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kayla Dunbar, Evangelia Kambites, Andrew MacDonald-Smith, Andy Toth—Avenue Q—Arts Club Theatre Company—Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Benjamin Elliott, Chris Cochrane, Dustin Freeland, Anton Lipovetsky, Luc Roderique, Bonnie Northgraves—Measure for Measure—Bard on the Beach—Outstanding Band Ensemble

Brian Johnson, Peter Courtemanche, Stan Douglas, Jonny Østrem, Trent Noble, Prajay Mehta, Martin Gilbert—Helen Lawrence—Arts Club Theatre Company—Outstanding Artistic Achievement in Technical Integration

Joey Lespérance, Julie McIsaac, Gilles Poulin-Denis, Julie Trepanier—Des fraises en janvier—Théâtre la Seizième—Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Sarah Ho, Laine Longton, Jonathan Monro, Gordon Roberts, Lyndon Surjik, Nathan Carroll—Floyd Collins—Patrick Street Productions—Outstanding Achievement Orchestra


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role - Small Theatre

Ashley O’Connell—Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me—Dancing Monkey Presents

Bob Frazer—Whose Life Is It Anyway?—Realwheels Theatre

Kavyon Kelly—Lungs—Mitch and Murray Productions

Ryan Alexander McDonald—Hedwig and the Angry Inch—Ghost Light Projects

Sebastian Kroon—Of Mice and Men—Hardline Productions

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role - Small Theatre

Emmelia Gordon—Dissolve—Shameless Hussy Productions

Claire Hesselgrave—Speech and Debate—Twenty Something Theatre

Genevieve Fleming—Bug—Hardline Productions

Stephanie Izsak—Lungs—Mitch and Murray Productions

Susan Hogan—Kayak—Alley Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Small Theatre

Alec Willows—Of Mice and Men—Hardline Productions

Jay Clift—Bug—Hardline Productions

Kyle Jespersen—Penelope—Rumble Theatre

Sebastian Archibald—Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

Shawn Macdonald—Lowest Common Denominator—Zee Zee Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Small Theatre

Alannah Ong—Ga Ting—The Frank Theatre Company

Emma Slipp—Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

Jennifer Lines— Whose Life Is It Anyway?—Realwheels Theatre

Meghan Chenosky—Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

Moya O’Connell—Becky Shaw—Mitch and Murray Productions

Outstanding Lighting Design - Small Theatre

Adrian Muir—Whose Life Is It Anyway?—Realwheels Theatre

Alan Brodie—Uncle Vanya—Blackbird Theatre

John Webber—Except in the Unlikely Event of War—Pi Theatre

Parjad Sharifi—To Wear a Heart So White—Leaky Heaven Performance Society

Outstanding Set Design - Small Theatre

Drew Facey—Penelope—Rumble Theatre

Jen Stewart—Of Mice and Men—Hardline Productions

Jergus Oprsal—Inside the Seed—Up in the Air Theatre

Lauchlin Johnston—Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

Pam Johnson—Whose Life Is It Anyway?—Realwheels Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design - Small Theatre

Marti Wright—Uncle Vanya—Blackbird Theatre

Barbara Clayden—Except in the Unlikely Event of War—Pi Theatre

Drew Facey—Cool Beans—Solo Collective

Drew Facey—Penelope—Rumble Theatre

Nita Bowerman—Mrs. Warren’s Profession—Alley Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition - Small Theatre—

Matthew MacDonald-Bain, Malcolm Dow—Of Mice and Men—Hardline Productions

David Mesiha—Except in the Unlikely Event of War—Pi Theatre

Mishelle Cuttler—Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

Stephen Bulat—Dissolve—Shameless Hussy Productions

Outstanding Direction - Small Theatre

Cameron Mackenzie—Lowest Common Denominator—Zee Zee Theatre

Chelsea Haberlin—Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

John Cooper—Whose Life Is It Anyway?—Realwheels Theatre

Renee Iaci—Dissolve—Shameless Hussy Productions

Richard Wolfe—Inside the Seed—Up in the Air Theatre

Outstanding Production - Small Theatre

Inside the Seed—Up in the Air Theatre

Killer Joe—ITSAZOO Theatre Productions

Lungs—Mitch and Murray Productions

Of Mice and Men—Hardline Productions

Whose Life Is It Anyway?—Realwheels Theatre

Significant Artistic Achievement - Small Theatre

Bruce Horak—Assassinating Thompson—Monster Theatre—Outstanding Achievement in Audience Engagement

Christopher David Gauthier—Outstanding body of work for costume design

Jay Clift, Josh Epstein, Katey Hoffman, Gili Roskies—Cool Beans—Solo Collective—Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Keith Murray, Mark Sylvester, Christine Reimer, Philip Birkby, Danielle Marlene Gotell, Samantha Tsang, Bill Moysey, Eric Rhys Miller, William Hales, Paul Dutton, Maziar Mehrabi—Nothing But Sky—The Only Animal—Outstanding Achievement in Integrated Design

Patrick Sbaongui, Dallas Sauer, Allison James, Carl Kennedy, Mia K Ingimundson, Adele Noronha, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Tamara McCarthy—Inside the Seed—Up in the Air Theatre—Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Theatre for Young Audiences

Outstanding Performance - Theatre for Young Audiences

Dominic Duchesne and Lauren Jackson—Extra-Céleste—Théâtre la Seizième

Allan Zinyk—Jack and the Bean—Presentation House Theatre

Curtis Tweedie—Wired—Green Thumb Theatre

Devon Busswood, Kayla Dunbar, Dustin Freeland, Meghan Gardiner, Colin Sheen, Allan Zinyk—Busytown—Carousel Theatre

Kayla Dunbar—Seussical—Carousel Theatre

Outstanding Design - Theatre for Young Audiences

Cathy Nosaty, Graham Ockley, Stephanie Kong, Al Frisk, Carolyn Rapanos, Mac Hiller—Design Ensemble—Jack and the Bean—Presentation House Theatre

Alison Green—Production Design—Wondrous Tales of Old Japan—Carousel Theatre

Craig Alfredson—Set & Video Design—tagged—Green Thumb Theatre

Darren Boquist—Lighting Design—Busytown—Carousel Theatre

Patrick Pennefather—Sound Design—Extra-Céleste—Théâtre la Seizième

Outstanding Artistic Creation - Theatre for Young Audiences

Anita Rochon—Direction—Extra-Céleste—Théâtre la Seizième

Carole Higgins—Direction—Busytown—Carousel Theatre

Kayla Dunbar—Choreography—Busytown—Carousel Theatre

Kim Selody—Direction— Jack and the Bean—Presentation House Theatre

Steven Greenfield—Musical Direction— Busytown—Carousel Theatre

Outstanding Production -Theatre for Young Audiences

Busytown—Carousel Theatre

Extra-Céleste—Théâtre la Seizième

Jack and the Bean—Presentation House Theatre

tagged—Green Thumb Theatre

Wondrous Tales of Old Japan—Carousel Theatre

Significant Artistic Achievement - Theatre for Young Audiences

Drew Facey—Outstanding body of work

Heidi Wilkinson, Gina Bastone, Rick Holloway—ARVAARLUK: An Inuit Tale—Pangaea Arts—Outstanding mask and puppet design and construction

Wondrous Tales of Old Japan—Carousel Theatre—Community Engagement

Outstanding Original Script

Billy Marchenski—Slowpoke—Radix Theatre

Colleen Murphy—Armstrong’s War—Arts Club Theatre Company

Jason Rothery—Inside the Seed—Up in the Air Theatre

Kendra Fanconi—Nothing But Sky—The Only Animal

Michelle Deines—Ghosts in Baghdad—Working Spark Theatre

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Chris Gatchalian

May 20, 2014 at 5:40pm

Congrats to all the Jessie nominees! Please note that GA TING, the show for which Alannah Ong is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role--Small Theatre, was a co-production between the frank theatre company and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.

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