Honorary Awards

The METAs Committee (METAC) is now asking for companies and individuals to submit nominees for two Honorary Awards: the Unsung Hero of the Theatre (UHOT) Award and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award. The recipients will be announced during the 5th Annual Awards Ceremony, on October 23, 2017 at the Rialto.

Nomination deadline: September 15, 2017
For more information or to submit a nomination, please click on the appropriate link:
Unsung Hero of the Theatre (UHOT) Award
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award

 

Unsung Hero of the Theatre (UHOT) Award

This honorary award was established in 2014 to celebrate the members of our community who too rarely get the public recognition they deserve. Think of stage managers, carpenters, set painters, administrators, and the myriad of talented craftspeople that bring a production to life.

Over the past 3 years the METAC (METAs Committee) has received a great response from companies, and the community’s reaction to the UHOT presentation at the METAs Ceremony confirms the Award as an important part of the annual event.

Previous Honorees
2013-2014 Melanie St-Jacques — Stage Manager
2014-2015 Howard Mendelsohn — Production Manager, Centaur Theatre Company
2015-2016 Steve Schön — Technical Director

How to Submit a Nomination

Though secrecy is not mandatory, we encourage you to submit your nomination without informing the nominee. The humble nature of these unsung heroes often makes them weary of public recognition.

Companies and individuals who wish to nominate an Unsung Hero of the Theatre should prepare a letter (maximum 2 pages) including the following:

  • Name and title of the nominee.
  • Your professional relationship to the nominee (if any).
  • Nature of the nominee’s involvement in the community.
  • Timeframe of the nominee’s involvement.
  • Qualities appreciated in the nominee’s work.
  • Examples of feats or prowesses the nominee has accomplished, or how she/he goes out of his way to help.
  • Examples of companies, productions or individuals who have benefitted from the nominee’s dedication.

Submit your nomination by September 15, 2017. You will receive an email  to acknowledge that your nomination has been received. Only one nomination will be selected by the METAC as the honoree, to be announced at the 5th Annual METAs Ceremony (October 23, at the Rialto).

Please note that this Honorary Award is not open to self-nominations.

 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award           CAM-logo-big

Presented in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal

This honorary award was established in 2015 to recognize and encourage practices of access and inclusion, and to celebrate those who embrace the range of cultures, identities and abilities that make up and enrich our city.

Last year’s award went to Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program for its commitment to nurturing and supporting a diverse demographic of emerging Montreal theatre artists. The inaugural award went to Geordie Productions for their engagement with culturally diverse actors, implementing live sign language translations of their shows, and programming a season dedicated to the diverse world we live in.

Actions or activities that might inspire consideration include (but are not limited to):

  • reaching beyond company mandate to program a production/season that celebrates diversity through its content and/or choice of artists (e.g. casting artists of colour in roles where ethnicity is not germane or specified);
  • introducing measures to make an art space more accessible;
  • revising policy to mandate diverse representation on a Board, or adopting a Board-approved Diversity Policy or Pledge for Diversification;
  • instituting a multi-year internship for an artist or administrator of colour, or a residency for an LGBTQ playwright;
  • adopting an outreach program that seeks to attract economically disadvantaged or cultural community audiences;
  • providing sign language interpretation or audio description for accessible performances;
  • etc.

How to Submit a Nomination

Practitioners immersed in Montreal’s theatre community are invited to submit a candidate (individual or company) who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution that reflects the full diversity of Montreal and its artists on stage or off. Candidates in all areas of theatre production are eligible for nomination. Self-nominations are welcome!

To nominate a company or an individual for the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award, please write a letter (maximum 2 pages) including the following:

  • Name of the nominee (individual or company).
  • Your professional relationship to the nominee (if any).
  • Nature of the nominee’s accomplishment: how has the nominee shown an outstanding commitment this past season (2016-2017) to reflecting the diversity of Montreal and its artists?
  • If nominating a company: did the nominee go beyond their usual mandate to foster these values?
  • What aspects of diversity were given access by these initiatives (age, ability, ethno-cultural, gender & sexuality, socio-economic status, etc.)?
  • Outreach: how were these actions or activities shared or communicated?
  • Impact: who benefitted from the nominee’s contribution (companies, productions, groups, individuals)?

Submit your nomination by September 15, 2017. You will receive an email  to acknowledge that your nomination has been received. A special EDI Jury will be formed to evaluate all nominations, and choose the honouree. The honorary recipient of the EDI Award will be announced at the 5th Annual METAs Ceremony (October 23, at the Rialto).