2016-17 METAs Nominees Announced, Full List!

2016-17 METAs Nominees Announced, Full List!

The Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic work in English Theatre performed throughout Montreal. The peer-juried awards promote professional and emerging English theatre artists and companies, to heighten their visibility both regionally and beyond, and to elevate the level of critical discourse about theatre in Montreal among artists and with the community at large.

The 2016-17 Nominees were announced at a conference held at The Monument-National Café on Wednesday evening. This past season, the METAs Jury selected a total of 85 nominations. A total of 19 trophies will be awarded at the Ceremony: 16 peer-juried awards; 1 community award (determined by an independent Community Jury); and 2 honorary awards.

The hosts of this year's 5th Anniversary Awards Ceremony were announced alongside the Nominees as emerging artists David Noel and Michelle Rambharose as well as established actors Danette MacKay and Matthew Kabwe.

Noteworthy Nominees include Tableau D'hôte's Angelique (10 Nominations), Repercussion Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing (9 Nominations) Leslie Baker's Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, (8 Nominations including Direction and Lead Performance by an Actress). Geordie Productions leads this year's list with 13 nominations for its productions of The Halloween Tree, Water Weight, and Instant, which are all nominated for Outstanding New Text.

The METAs Committee announced that the Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) Award, sponsored by the National Theatre School, will be split into two categories this year: Performance and Production. Nominees for the latter feature a costume designer, a director, two playwrights, and a stage manager. Another cross-disciplinary category is the Outstanding Contribution to Theatre Award, which includes live musical performers, projection design, video designers, and a stage manager.

Two honorary awards will again be announced at the Ceremony on October 23rd. The Unsung Hero of the Theatre (UHOT) Award honours a deserving member of a production or administrative team working behind the scenes. The second of two non-juried awards, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award, recognizes and encourages practices of access and inclusion. A general call for submissions invited recommendations of companies or individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment this past season to reflecting the full diversity of Montreal and its artists. Nominations are welcome until September 15th.

The 5th Annual METAs Ceremony will take place on Monday, October 23rd at 7:30pm at the Rialto Theatre (5723 avenue du Parc). Tickets are 30.00$ and can be purchased online at metas.ca.

And the nominees are...

Outstanding Lead Performance - Actor

  • Quincy Armorer - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Alessandro Costantini - Prom Queen (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

  • Christo Graham - Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

  • Jon Lachlan Stewart - Big Shot (Surreal SoReal Theatre)

  • Jean Marchand - You Will Remember Me (Centaur Theatre Company)

Outstanding Lead Performance - Actress

  • Leslie Baker - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

  • Jenny Brizard - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Nicola Cavendish - Bakersfield Mist (Centaur Theatre Company, in association with The Arts Club)

  • Holly Gauthier-Frankel - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Catherine Lemieux - Chlorine (creature/creature)

Outstanding Supporting Performance - Actor

  • Chip Chuipka - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Karl Graboshas - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Tristan D. Lalla - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Olivier Lamarche - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Alex Poch-Goldin - My Name Is Asher Lev (Segal Centre for Performing Arts & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Outstanding Supporting Performance - Actress

Sponsored by Canadian Actors' Equity Association

  • Lally Cadeau - You Will Remember Me (Centaur Theatre Company)

  • Ellen David - My Name Is Asher Lev (Segal Centre for Performing Arts & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

  • Susan Glover - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Amanda Lisman - Noises Off (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

  • Amanda Silveira - You Will Remember Me (Centaur Theatre Company)

Outstanding Ensemble

  • Intractable Woman - Deena Aziz, Laura Condlln, Warona Setshwaelo (Imago Theatre)

  • The Halloween Tree - Eloi ArchamBaudoin, Trevor Barrette, Jimmy Blais, Davide Chiazzese, Lucinda Davis, Charlotte Rogers, Jaa Smith-Johnson (Geordie Productions)

  • Honesty Rents by the Hour - Patrick Keeler, Howard Rosenstein, Catherine Yale (Infinithéâtre)

  • Tragic Queens - Jillian Harris, Alex Petrachuk, Meagan Schroeder (CABAL)

  • Water Weight - Leah Fong, Michelle Rambharose, Dakota Jamal Wellman (Geordie Productions)

Outstanding Set Design

  • John C. Dinning - Prom Queen (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

  • Martin Ferland - My Name Is Asher Lev (Segal Centre for Performing Arts & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

  • Cathia Pagotto - Water Weight (Geordie Productions)

  • Eo Sharp - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Eo Sharp - Intractable Woman (Imago Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design

  • Leslie Baker - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

  • Louise Bourret - My Name Is Asher Lev (Segal Centre for Performing Arts & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

  • Sophie El-Assaad - Tragic Queens (CABAL)

  • Sabrina Miller - The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions)

  • Cathia Pagotto - Water Weight (Geordie Productions)

Outstanding Lighting Design

  • Sponsored by Solotech

  • Jon Cleveland - Tragic Queens (CABAL)

  • Cédric Delorme-Bouchard - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

  • Andrea Lundy - Constellations (Centaur Theatre Company & Canadian Stage)

  • David Perreault Ninacs - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Andrew Scriver - Big Shot (Surreal SoReal Theatre)

Outstanding Sound Design / Composition

Sponsored by Solotech

  • Devon Bate - Instant (Geordie Productions)

  • Peter Cerone (Sound Design) & Sam Wylie (Composition) - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

  • Dave Clarke & Jon Lachlan Stewart - Big Shot (Surreal SoReal Theatre)

  • Rob Denton - The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions)

  • SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Jane Chan: Live Musical Performance - Constellations (Centaur Theatre Company & Canadian Stage)

  • Kate Hagemeyer: Stage Management - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

  • Matthew Schuurman: Projection Design - Big Shot (Surreal SoReal Theatre)

  • SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble: Live Musical Performance - Angélique(Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Frédéric St-Hilaire: Video Design - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

Outstanding New Text (Original or Adaptation)

  • Amanda Kellock - The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions)

  • Michael Milech - Honesty Rents by the Hour (Infinithéâtre)

  • Erin Shields - Instant (Geordie Productions)

  • Kent Staines (Book) & Akiva Romer Segal (Lyrics) - Prom Queen (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

  • Jesse Stong - Water Weight (Geordie Productions)

Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) - Performance

Sponsored by the National Theatre School of Canada

  • Anurag Choudhury - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Tiernan Cornford - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Justin Many Fingers - Yukonstyle (Talisman Theatre)

  • Michelle Rambharose - Instant & Water Weight (Geordie Productions)

  • Dakota Jamal Wellman - Instant & Water Weight (Geordie Productions) /Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) - Production

Sponsored by the National Theatre School of Canada

  • Rhiannon Collett: Playwriting - Tragic Queens (CABAL)

  • ophie El-Assaad: Costume Design - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre) / Tragic Queens (CABAL)

  • Anthony Kennedy: Direction - Tragic Queens (CABAL)

  • Danielle Laurin: Stage Management - Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre)

  • Michael Milech: Playwriting - Honesty Rents by the Hour (Infinithéâtre)

Outstanding Direction

  • Leslie Baker - Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! (The Bakery & La Manufacture)

  • Georgina Beaty - Big Shot (Surreal SoReal Theatre)

  • Micheline Chevrier - Intractable Woman (Imago Theatre)

  • Mike Payette - Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre)

  • Steven Schipper - My Name Is Asher Lev (Segal Centre for Performing Arts & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Outstanding Community Production

  • Balconville - Hudson Players Club

  • The Great Gatsby - Hudson Players Club

  • Into the Woods - Hudson Music Club

  • Little Shop of Horrors - Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society

  • Ruddigore - Lakeshore Light Opera

Outstanding Independent Production

Sponsored by Caisse de la Culture

  • Big Shot - Surreal SoReal Theatre

  • Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! - The Bakery & La Manufacture

Outstanding PACT Production

  • Angélique - Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D'Hôte Theatre

  • Intractable Woman - Imago Theatre

  • My Name Is Asher Lev - Segal Centre for Performing Arts & Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

  • Prom Queen - Segal Centre for Performing Arts

  • Water Weight - Geordie Productions

In addition to the preceding juried awards, the following Honorary Awards will be bestowed at the METAs Ceremony on October 23, 2017:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award

Presented in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal

Established to encourage practices of access and inclusion, the EDI recognizes those who embrace the range of cultures, identities, and abilities that make up and enrich our city.

Unsung Hero of the Theatre (UHOT) Award

Celebrating those in our community who too rarely get the public recognition they deserve, the UHOT honours a deserving member of a production or administrative team working behind the scenes.

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