Save The (New) Date! The 8th Annual METAs (Virtual) Ceremony Moves to November 29, 2020

Save the (new) date! The METAs Committee is working hard to bring you this year’s ceremony virtually, and in order to give you the best show we possibly can, we’re moving the date. Join us Sunday, November 29, 2020 for this year’s virtual ceremony! Stay tuned to find out this year’s hosts, behind the scenes moments, and fun throwbacks of past ceremonies. See you real soon!

Announcing the METAs Nominees for the 2019-20 Season

Montreal – September 21st, 2020 – For the first time in its history, the Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee announced the nominees for this year’s Awards Ceremony during a live streamed event. The Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) recognize and celebrate the outstanding artistic work of the individuals and companies that comprise Montreal’s English Theatre community. Established in 2012, the peer-juried awards exist to 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 amongst artists and with the community at large.

This season was completely unprecedented due to COVID-19 and the cancelation of public gatherings in the spring and summer months. Despite this upheaval, 17 productions were registered for the METAs during the 2019-2020 season. The METAs Jury has selected a robust 75 nominations, and will be awarding 18 trophies at the Ceremony: 16 peer-juried-awards and 2 honorary awards.

This year’s 8th annual Ceremony, presented in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal,  will take place on Sunday, November 8th and will be streamed live. [UPDATE: Save the (new) date! The Ceremony has now been moved to November 29, 2020]

The full list of nominees follows.

1. Outstanding Lead Performance – Actor

  • Andreas Apergis – Small Mouth Sounds 
  • Stephen Booth – Fear of Missing Out
  • Bruce Dinsmore – Billy Bishop Goes to War
  • Matthew Kabwe – MOB
  • Paul Van Dyck – Going Up

2. Outstanding Lead Performance – Actress

  • Kelly Craig – Going up 
  • Alex Petrachuk – Chattermarks
  • Adrianne Richards – MOB
  • Amelia Sargisson – Paradise Lost
  • Warona Setshwaelo – Small Mouth Sounds

3. Outstanding Supporting Performance – Actor

  • Nick Carpenter – Billy Bishop Goes to War
  • Marcel Jeannin – Paradise Lost
  • Amir Sàm Nakhjavani – Winter’s Daughter
  • Dakota Jamal Wellman – Simone, Half and Half
  • Jake Wilkinson – Paradise Lost

4. Outstanding Supporting Performance – Actress

  • Susan Bain – MOB
  • Rebecca Gibian – Paradise Lost
  • Alexandra Laferrière – Simone, Half and Half
  • Julie Tamiko Manning – Paradise Lost
  • Jennifer Roberts – Simone, Half and Half

5. Outstanding Ensemble

  • Mythic – Julia McLellan, Heather McGuigan, Jessica Gallant, James Daly, Aadin Church, Patrick Park, Jacob Sheffield, Matt Raffy, Kathline Greco, Megan Brydon, Alexia Gourd & Eva Petris
  • Persephone Bound – Léda Davies, Eric Nyland & Jed Tomlinson)
  • The Water Chronicles – Stephen Booth, Chloe Giddings & Chadia Kikondjo

6. Outstanding Set Design

  • Sophie El-Assaad – The Water Chronicles
  • Bruno-Pierre Houle – Small Mouth Sounds
  • James Lavoie – MOB
  • Félix Poirier – Please Thrill Me
  • Diana Uribe – Persephone Bound

7. Outstanding Costume Design

  • Louise Bourret – Mythic
  • Sophie El-Assaad – Chattermarks
  • Sophie El-Assaad – Small Mouth Sounds
  • Sophie El-Assaad – The Water Chronicles
  • Anne-Sophie Gaudet – Please Thrill Me

8. Outstanding Lighting Design

  • Julie Basse – Alice and the World We Live In
  • Martin Sirois – MOB
  • Martin Sirois – Persephone Bound
  • Martin Sirois – Small Mouth Sounds
  • Ted Stafford – Please Thrill Me

9. Outstanding Sound Design and / or Music Composition

  • Devon Bate – Chattermarks
  • Nick Carpenter – Billy Bishop Goes to War
  • Rob Denton – Small Mouth Sounds
  • Oran Eldor, Nick Burgess & Lucie Cauchon – Mythic
  • Nataq Huault & Sean Nicholas Savage – Please Thrill Me

10. Outstanding Contribution to Theatre

  • Aerial Circus Team – Persephone Bound
    Chris Campbell – MOB – (Translation)
  • Haui – Simone, Half and Half – (Video Design)
  • Purple Divine – Going Up – (Site Specific/Immersive Production)
  • Band – Mythic – (Live Music)
  • Band – Please Thrill Me – (Live Music)

11. Outstanding New Text (Original or Adaptation)

  • Michaela Di Cesare – Fear of Missing Out
  • Kiki Dranias – Going Up
  • Christine Rodriguez – Simone, Half and Half

12. Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) – Performance

  • Chloe Bilodeau – Blue Stockings
  • Stephen Booth – Fear of Missing Out / The Water Chronicles
  • Chadia Kikonjo – Fear of Missing Out / The Water Chronicles
  • Darragh Mondoux – Blue Stockings
  • Jake Wilkinson – Paradise Lost

13. Outstanding Emerging Artist(s) – Production

  • Kiki Dranias – Going Up – (Playwright and Producer)
  • Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha – Paradise Lost – (Assistant Direction)
  • HeatherEllen Strain – Small Mouth Sounds (Stage Management)
  • Jaclyn Turner – Winter’s Daughter – (Projection Design)

14. Outstanding Direction

  • Sophie Cadieux – Please Thrill Me
  • Dean Patrick Fleming – Billy Bishop Goes To War
  • Zach Fraser – The Water Chronicles
  • Caitlin Murphy – Small Mouth Sounds
  • Andrew Shaver – MOB
  • Jen Viens – Going Up

15. Outstanding Independent Production

  • Chattermarks – Cabal Theatre
  • Going Up – Purple Divine
  • Please Thrill Me – Ballet Opéra Pantomime

16. Outstanding PACT Production
Presented in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal

  • MOB – Centaur Theatre Company
  • Paradise Lost – Centaur Theatre Company
  • Persephone Bound – Geordie Theatre, Imago Theatre & Screaming Goats Collective
  • Small Mouth Sounds – Segal Centre for Performing Arts
  • The Water Chronicles – Geordie Theatre

In addition to the preceding juried awards, the following honorary awards will be bestowed during the live streaming METAs Ceremony on November 8th. These awards are community nominated and chosen by a small jury of peers.

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.

We are currently accepting submissions for both honorary awards until October 18th:

For more information, please contact us at

July 8, 2020: Join the METAs Committee!

The Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee is looking for new members to join its volunteer Committee. Our mandate is to serve the vibrant Montreal theatre scene by recognizing and celebrating outstanding work in the community. Candidates from all backgrounds, experience levels and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

METAs Committee members will be expected to commit to a three-year mandate, although tasks and responsibilities may be subject to change during that time. While the Committee prides itself in being understanding and flexible in regards to schedules (we are all volunteers, after all), there will be a significant time commitment required, especially leading up to the ceremony. Applicants will be expected to treat the position with the same respect and responsibility as befits a paid position. Joining the METAs Committee does come with perks, including an annual getaway weekend and the joy of working alongside passionate and dedicated theatre professionals.

The following are three examples of positions that need fulfilling. If you are interested in joining the Committee, but are not sure about fitting the responsibilities listed, please apply nonetheless as duties can shift quickly. Please note that this year’s ceremony will be virtual so the responsibility break-down may be subject to change and not all tasks may apply.

Ceremony Liaison
The Ceremony Liaison is the main point of contact for the creatives involved in the METAs ceremony. They are responsible for assembling the creative team as well as liaising with the rest of the METAs Committee. This member should be creative, organized, have contacts within the artistic community and perform well under pressure.

Tasks include:

  • Overseeing the Ceremony Creatives and Production Teams and reporting progress to the METAs Committee.
  • Coordinating with the Co-Chairs, Venue Liaison and Production Manager regarding the ceremony.
  • Engaging and coordinating the following creatives (where applicable):
    • Host (s)
    • Writer (s)
    • Director
    • Musical Director (Band)
    • Choreographer
    • Stage Manager
    • Presenters
    • Technical Director
    • Production Designer
    • Lighting Designer
    • Sound Designer
    • Video Designer
    • Board Operator (s)

Box Office Coordinator
The Box Office Coordinator is in charge of all aspects of ticketing in relation to the annual METAs ceremony. They are in charge of handling and tracking complimentary tickets as well as ticket sales (in collaboration with Communication & Marketing). This member should be organized, have ticketing experience, good customer service and know the major players of the theatre scene.

Tasks include:

  • Designing a Ticketing Policy including ticket prices, any kind of promo codes and any other relevant details.
  • Deciding on ticket prices with the Treasurer and Ceremony AD.
  • Designing and printing tickets.
  • Building a Box Office Tracker.
  • Tracking ticketing transactions and comp bookings.
  • Overseeing the creation of the seating plan in cooperation with the METAC.
  • Handling nominees’ correspondences.

Co-Company Liaison
The Company Liaison is a shared position between two METAs Committee members. They are the first point of contact for all production companies applying to be registered for the METAs jury process.

Tasks include:

  • Checking registrations to validate each production’s eligibility as per the official METAs eligibility criteria.
  • Cooperating with the Jury Liaisons to ensure clear information-transfer related, but not limited to; venue safety, trigger warnings, opening nights, show dates and times.
  • Communicating with registered companies regarding any issues or questions related to the registration process (and any other administrative items that may arise)
  • Tracking invoices and payment of registration fees.
  • Maintaining the “What’s On” section of the METAs website.
  • Collecting production photos from registered companies for the Nominees’ Announcement.

Please send your CV and a short letter of intent explaining why you are interested in joining the METAs Committee and what you think you may bring to the organization to by August 3rd, 2020. Please indicate in the subject of the email which position interests you the most! We are very excited to hear from you and look forward to your replies!

June 18, 2020 Announcement: The 8th Annual METAs Ceremony Goes Virtual

As we reach the end of our unprecedented 2019-2020 season, we here on the Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee have been discussing how best to recognize the outstanding work of our community during a season that was cut short by the pandemic. We are committed to holding space for Montreal theatre companies and artists and are working to ensure that this year’s ceremony is reflective of our core values. Awards institutions across the country have opted to hold their ceremonies virtually, and we have decided to do the same. We believe that this will allow us to prioritize the health of our community while maintaining the visibility and longevity of our thriving theatre scene.

Since 2012, the METAs have been a vital gathering-point to assemble and recognize the artistic achievements of Montreal theatre artists. While we are unable to gather in person this year, the spirit of celebrating the outstanding work of our community shall continue with the eighth annual METAs ceremony being hosted virtually and online. We are looking forward to working within this new medium to provide you with an entertaining, memorable and profound experience from the comfort of your own homes.

Further details regarding the date of the nominees announcement and the ceremony itself will be released soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to reach out with any suggestions you might have at

We wish you health, happiness and connectivity during these changing times.

The METAs Committee

2018-19 METAs Recipients Announced

The Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018-19 METAs, Montreal English theatre’s largest and most important peer-juried awards. The 7th Annual METAs Ceremony was held on this Sunday evening of November 3rd in one of the city’s most beautiful and historic theatres, the Ludger-Duvernay, for the 2nd year in a row.

Over the course of the 2018-19 theatre season, a jury of over 20 theatre professionals from varied backgrounds and disciplines assessed 31 professional theatre productions across 17 categories, including the newly added category for Outstanding Choreography and / or Movement Direction. An additional 10 community theatre productions were evaluated by a separate community theatre jury for the Community Theatre Award, for a total of 41 productions overall.

The Ceremony was directed by Cristina Cugliandro, written by Willow Cioppa, and hosted by Patrick Émmanuel Abellard (this year’s Outstanding Supporting Performance – Actor recipient) and Kate Hammer. The creative team included production designer Diana Uribe (this year’s Outstanding Costume Design recipient), sound designer Rob Denton (2-time Outstanding Sound Design nominee), lighting designer Andrew Scriver and production stage manager / technical director Danna-Rae Evasiuk.

This year, the METAs Committee awarded the Unsung Hero of the Theatre Award (UHOT) to Lesley Bramhill. Lesley is a staunch advocate for Montreal’s English Theatre on a provincial and national level. Her dedication inspires those of her peers who know of her contribution to keep connecting with others, keep celebrating our strengths and keep finding new ways to encourage investment in our activities; thereby bringing new energy, support and resources into our community.

The second honorary award, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award (EDI), was awarded to Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. PWM has established many programs that address specific areas of inclusion: youth (Young Creators Unit), LGBTQ (the Queer Reading Series, and support of the Rose Festival), feminist writing (EsterELLE Retreat), and neurodiverse artists (New Stories Project). Over its 50+ year history, PWM has evolved from an hoc group with homogeneous representation to a national organization that actively seeks to shift the makeup of the Canadian playwriting canon by reflecting the wide range of cultural identities that make up our artistic communities.

The METAs jury determined recipients by way of secret ballot. The ballot was tabulated by an independent auditor, Amelia Facciola of Ponzo, Facciola, Quaglieri CA CPA.

And the META goes to…

Photo Gallery of the Reception & Ceremony

METAs Photobooth

The 2019 METAs Nominees

At a community and media event held at the Monument-National’s Café on Thursday, September 26th, the Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee announced the nominees for this year’s Awards Ceremony.

The Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic work in Montreal’s English Theatre. Established in 2012, the peer-juried awards exist to 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 amongst artists and with the community at large.

This past season, the METAs Jury has selected a total of 95 nominations, and will be awarding 20 trophies at the Ceremony: 17 peer-juried awards (including a new Outstanding Choreography and / or Movement Direction Award); 1 community award (determined by our independent Community Jury); and 2 honorary awards.

The 7th annual Ceremony is presented in partnership with the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and will take place on Sunday, November 3rd at the Monument-National’s Salle Ludger-Duvernay.

The METAs Committee thanks the Monument-National and the National Theatre School of Canada who return as our venue sponsor for the second year in a row. The Ceremony will be directed by Cristina Cugliandro, written by Willow Cioppa, and hosted by Patrick Émmanuel Abellard and Kate Hammer.

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And the Nominees are…

#WhyMETAsMatter with Mike Payette

Mike Payette

2014-15 Recipient – Outstanding Direction, Hosanna (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre)
2016-17 Nominee – Outstanding Direction, Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D’Hôte Theatre)
2017-18 Recipient – Outstanding Direction, Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie Theatre)

Q: How has being nominated/receiving a META affected your artistic practice?
A: Being nominated alongside incredible theatre makers in this city constantly reminds me of the breadth of work that is flourishing within our community. There are so many different creators and artists that make up these lists of recognition and it is that array of creativity that is very inspiring, knowing we can all be celebrated together.

Q: Why do METAs Matter?
A: The METAs have shone a spotlight on the dynamism and hard work of our thriving community and within a national context. They are meant to encourage dialogue about our work and honour successes in recognition of our collective triumphs.

The METAs Nominees Announcement are almost here! See you Sept. 26 at the Monument-National at 3 PM!

#WhyMETAsMatter with Gita Miller


Gita Miller

Recipient – 2017-18 Outstanding Supporting Performance and
Nominee – 2017-18 Outstanding Emerging Artist, Successions (Centaur Theatre Company)

Q: Where were you when you first found out you were nominated for a META?
A: I was at the META nominations announcement ceremony!

Q: Where do you keep your META?
A: Haha I keep my META on top of my dresser in my bedroom. I live in a small space so it shares a throne with all my many hair products 🙂

Don’t miss The METAs Nominees Announcement on Sept. 26 at the Monument-National!

#WhyMETAsMatter with Kalale Dalton-Lutale


Kalale Dalton-Lutale

2017-2018 NomineeOutstanding New Text and Outstanding Emerging Artist, Pinky Swear (Geordie Theatre)

Q: What drove you to become an artist in your chosen discipline?
A: I was driven to become a playwright because I love to write and I love to perform and it seemed like the natural union of the two.

Q: Where were you when you first found out you were nominated for a META?
A: I was at home and Dakota Jamal Wellman texted me!

Q: When you first found out you were nominated for a META what was your reaction?
A: I think I screamed. I’d been practicing my Oscar speech since I was like 7. I’ve always wanted to go to an award show.

The METAs Nominees Announcement is just around the corner. See you Sept. 26!

Pictured (left to right): Kalale Dalton-Lutale and Dakota Jamal Wellman. Photo by Talia Dezsö Photography

#WhyMETAsMatter with Eo Sharp



Eo Sharp – 7-time METAs Nominee

2017-18 Recipient – Outstanding Set Design, The Mountaintop (Black Theatre Workshop and Neptune Theatre)
2012-13 Recipient – Outstanding Set Design, Red (The Segal Centre for Performing Arts)

Q: What is something no one knows about you?
A: My childhood dream was to be a con artist.

Q: What drove you to become an artist in your chosen discipline?
A: My parents are artists and I was brought up in an environment where it was assumed I would become a visual artist. I feel as if I am still equivocating, trying to decide what I want to do and it also feels as if theatre design was where I was heading since the age of about twelve.

Q: Why does being a recipient of a META matter?
A: I think it is important to me because it means both recognition and respect from my community. It certainly opens doors for other work which is great. I also think it’s important for the theatre community to reflect critically upon our work.

Find out who the 2018-19 Nominees are on September 26 at The METAs Nominees Announcement!

Photo by Talia Dezsö Photography

#WhyMETAsMatter with Davide Chiazzese

Davide Chiazzese


Davide Chiazzese:  2014-15 Recipient – Outstanding Supporting Performance, Hosanna (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre)

Q: When you first found out you were nominated for a META what was your reaction? 

A: The first time I found out I was nominated for a META was such a wonderful validating feeling. It felt like the work I was doing was being seen and it was even more special because I was being recognized by my peers.

Q: What is something no one knows about you?

A: I think I’m someone who wears my heart on my sleeve, so I don’t keep much private but one thing people might not know about me is that one of my big dreams is to be in a HIP HOP / RAP musical! 

Find out who the 2018-19 METAs Nominees are on September 26! Follow the event link for more info

And the nominees are…


Celebrate Outstanding!

Join us as we announce the Nominees for the 2018-2019 theatre season, as well as the date and hosts of the 6th Annual Montreal English Theatre Awards Ceremony.

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at the Monument-National Le Café, starting at 5 PM!

FREE and open to everyone in the theatre community!

Become a Juror

The METAs Jury is selected by the METAC, and is comprised of 25 Montreal-based professional theatre artists from varied disciplines and representing the full diversity of our city.

The METAs Jury is responsible for the professional awards’ categories only. A separate Community Jury assesses the Community Theatre Award, and special juries are convened to determine the recipients of the Honorary Awards.

Jury members receive one complimentary ticket for each registered production, and meet quarterly to discuss the merits of all performance, design, and production elements. Jury members must attend at least 2/3rds (66%) of all registered productions to participate in the selection of Nominees and Recipients.

Members of the METAs Jury may serve for a maximum of 2 consecutive years. Jurors who have completed two years may return to the Jury after a hiatus of at least one year. An invitation to serve a second year is contingent not only on interest and availability, but also the desire to convene a Jury with diverse discipline and demographic representation. Every year, the Jury must be comprised of a majority (50 % +1) of new jurors. Therefore, returning to the Jury is never assumed.

If you would like to become a member of the METAs Jury, please send your resume and a letter to the METAs Jury Liaison outlining the following:

  • Your name and theatre discipline;
  • Your professional training, experience and affiliations;
  • Your involvement in the Montreal English theatre community;
  • Why you would like to be on the METAs Jury.

Selection of Jury members is done in July, and the season extends from September 1st to August 31st of the following year.