Two big local acting names have nabbed this year's UBCP/ACTRA awards for lifetime achievement.
Mackenzie Gray, an adjunct professor in UBC's film and theatre department who's appeared in hundreds of TV shows, movies, and plays, will be presented with the John Juliani Award of Excellence. That prize recognizes achievement as a performing artist and distinguished contribution to the film and television industry. Gray is a series regular on the Marvel/FX Series Legion, playing “The Eye” and is a recurring cast member on the TV Series Riverdale and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Veena Sood will receive the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, which goes to a UBCP/ACTRA member whose work as a performer and beyond embodies the type of accomplishments that advance the status of women and encourages the growth and diversification of opportunities for women. Sood, a cofounder of Vancouver TheatreSports League (as well as Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre Company), has performed in film, television, theatre, and improv comedy, as well as working in cartoon voices and teaching. Veena has also acted in TV series, hosted her own CBC TV talk show, and coproduced and performed radio podcasts.
The UBCP/ACTRA Awards will be held on November 18 at the Vancouver Playhouse.
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada.