Cayle Chernin Awards



The Equity Showcase Cayle Chernin Memorial Fund
is proud to announce the recipients of the
Seventh Annual Cayle Chernin Awards

Theatre: Production

Briana Brown (Robert)

Kat and James wait in a hospice lounge for their father to die. Not exactly estranged, but certainly not close, the two struggle to make conversation until James reveals the worst secret he possibly could. Robert humorously examines questions of identity, family, love and loss. With a set of bagpipes.
Look for it at Toronto Fringe July 4-15, 2018!

Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster (Wolves) and Ellie Moon (What I Call Her) with worthy projects, were finalists.

Media Arts: Production

Shannon Fewster (The Girl Code)

Four girls rebel against their hyper-traditional boarding school by pranking it using technology they invented, hacked or “borrowed” while staying only one step ahead of their technology-hating Headmistress.

Courtney Deleen (Home) and Tee Schneider (North) with worthy projects, were finalists.

Meet the 2018 finalists!


The 7th Annual Cayle Chernin Awards were held at The Heliconian Hall, Yorkville, Wednesday May 16, 2018. The Awards were hosted by the inimitable duo of David Gale and Linda Kash with the piano stylings of Randy Vancourt.

Established in 2012 to honour the life and work of actor, documentary filmmaker, writer, teacher and mentor Cayle Chernin (1947 – 2011). The Cayle Chernin Awards are presented to emerging or transitioning female artists to assist in the creation of a new work. The Cayle Chernin Memorial Fund and Equity Showcase are very proud of the past recipients of the CCA’s: Collette Micks (M), Susanna Fournier (T), Fenulla Jiwani (M), Melissa D’Agostino (M), Audrey Dwyer (T), Jani Lauzon (M), Andrea Scott (T), Jillian Rees-Brown (M), Ronit Rubenstein (T), Ruth Goodwin (T), Annie Bradley (M).

The 2018 CCA Media Arts Production Award and the CCA Theatre Production Award each comprise:

  • $2000.00 Cash Prize
  • access to a respected paid Industry Mentor through CSARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network), including $1,500 in approved expenses incurred by the artist during the mentorship.
  • in-kind industry services:
    • William F. White will once again be sponsoring our CCA Media Arts Production Award (MAPA) with a $2500 equipment grant! Thank You!
    • Dazmo Camera: $2500 camera equipment certificate for MAPA. Thank You!

About Cayle Chernin

Cayle Chernin’s career spanned four decades in film and on stage, developing new works and encouraging young artists. Her professional journey began co-starring in Don Shebib’s 1969 classic film Goin’ Down the Road and came to a close with Mr. Shebib’s acclaimed sequel Down The Road Again. An overview of her career can be accessed at

We are at a frontier of new connection to our audiences, marketing and distribution. New ideas, new ways and opportunities to make it happen… and we are ready.

Cayle Chernin, Toronto 2005.

The CCAs are made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: AFBS, CSARN, ACTRA Toronto, Bains Partners LLP, William F. White International Inc., Double Chocolate Fountains, and MHLD Prod. Inc

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