2019 Recipients & Finalists




2019 Finalists

CCA Theatre Production | DevelopmentCCA Media Arts: Production | Development

CCA Theatre: Production

Recipient

Jenna Harris: Revolt She Said, Revolt Again

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Explosive feminist text that unfolds as a series of provocations, tearing apart the language, structures, and ideas that keep women trapped within a patriarchal system. Firebrand indie company Discord and Din Theatre offers a fresh perspective on this irreverent, wildly experimental, and internationally-celebrated play: a bawdy, ferocious, and galvanizing call to action for a new feminism, one that redefines the way we think about womanhood in the 21st century.

Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre Conservatory Program in New York City. She is a Dora-nominated actor, playwright /creator, dancer, producer and arts educator. She is the founder and Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre, and a founding member of [elephants] collective.

Finalists

Lauren Greenwood: An Atlas, A Necktie & Other Concerns

Four 30-something friends trapped in a peculiar escape room must set aside their lifelong grudges to solve the riddles or risk remaining stuck.

Lauren Greenwood is a Toronto-based screenwriter, playwright and comedian. Lauren won the 2019 Telefilm Canada New Voices Award with her feature screenplay Gaslight, which was also shortlisted for the 2019 NSI Features First program. Her short, Red Balloon, is currently in pre-production. Lauren is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program. She holds an honours BA in English and German, an MFA in Screenwriting, and is a proud member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Natalie Liconti: The Life & Death of Fred Herko

The Life and Death of Fred Herko presents a utopian re-imagining of the footnoted dancer’s infamous “suicide performance” in 1964: a jeté out of a third story window.

Natalie Liconti is a Toronto-based performer, producer and playwright. With an interest in site-specific and interdisciplinary performance, her work has been presented at curated live art festivals such as Printemps Numérique Festival, the Wildside Festival, the Rhubarb Festival, ZH Festival, and Calm Down, Dear Festival (Camden People’s Theatre: London, UK).

CCA Theatre: Development

Recipient

Tracey Hoyt: Hospital Hotel

Judy is an actress on sabbatical from show business and real life. She’s been in and out of 4B – the Mood Disorders unit in a small urban hospital – ever since a career-ending incident over ten years ago. Her eleven year-old daughter Alex has spent much of her childhood there. Jared is Judy’s husband and Alex’s father. Judy has recently banned him from 4B. Tommy is Judy’s biggest fan. Not only does he run the hospital gift shop, he’s determined to help Judy orchestrate a career comeback. Sheila is Judy’s favourite Psychiatric nurse who now has two families to manage. Hospital Hotel is a darkly comic play about how trauma rewrites our sense of home, family and safety.

Tracey Hoyt is a Toronto-based actor and improviser. Theatre highlights include playing Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company), the first 3 Canadian productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Man Productions) and the premiere of Priscila Uppal’s What Linda Said. Upcoming: Tracey will perform her fully improvised solo show Soul Prints as part of Convergence Theatre’s Catapult Festival. Recent on-camera work includes the CFC Teaser Emily And Andrew’s Grand Finale and the feature films Don’t Talk To Irene, Guidance and Len And Company. She has taught Improvisation and Voice-Over extensively. A voice actor for most of her career, Tracey has coached and directed voice demo reels for her talented acting peers since 2007. www.traceyhoyt.com

Finalists

Claire Burns: Drunken Love

A multi genre solo piece examining the intersection between addiction and love. Drunken Love seeks to provoke, trigger and entrance the audience with its searingly honest look at love and recovery.

Claire Burns is a Toronto based queer actor, director, producer and theatre creator. Recent credits include: RETREAT (Director/Harthouse), The Scavenger’s Daughter/The Philosopher’s Wife (Producing/Paradigm), The Chance (Acting/Leroy Street). Upcoming: 1991 (Producer/Riser Project), Four Sisters (Producing/Paradigm), The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Director/Workman Arts), Margaret & Ms. B (Playwright Residency/Blyth Festival)

Jennifer Wigmore: Measure²

Measure² catches up with some of Shakespeare’s most dynamic and complex characters, whose stories are the product of a world dominated by the male gaze. When a figure from Isabella’s past comes crashing back into her life and asks for her forgiveness, she plunges head first into an awakening to truth and betrayal that alters the direction of her life

Jennifer Wigmore is an activist, artist and educator. She has performed on main stages across the country, including the Citadel, Stratford, Theatre Center and the Tarragon Theatre in addition to having a successful film and television career. Recent Acting Credits: Happy Place, Anne with an E, Impulse, Designated Survivor, Killjoys, Sheets. Her paintings are in private collections across Canada, US and the UK. She completed musical theatre program at Grant MacEwan in Edmonton, and her BFA and Masters in visual art at OCAD University. She has taught acting at Ryerson University, Randolph College, George Brown College, and visual art at OCAD University and Sheridan College. Jennifer is collaborating on a book about the Zone of Silence and its contribution to Canadian Theatre pedagogy with master teacher Perry Schneiderman. Recently she co-wrote the article; Acting Training in Canada: An Appeal for Change for Intermission Magazine and is the process of working on her first play Measure². Jennifer is a core member of the grassroots activist group Got Your Back and is the lead organizer for the upcoming Acting Educators Conference at the end of May. Jennifer is also an elected Councillor for Canadian Actors Equity for Ontario. www.jenniferwigmore.com

CCA Media Arts: Production

Recipient

Sonia Gemmiti: Outside My Window

An agoraphobic’s battle to step outside her apartment—the camera is her dance partner as she cycles through a familiar routine, with moments of determination quickly undone by pervasive anxiety.

Sonia Gemmiti is a Montreal-based multimedia artist. Her installation work has been presented at Come Up to My Room 2019, Myseum of Toronto, and at the upcoming Dance: Made in Canada festival. She is also the creator of numerous independent arts projects that straddle forms and genres. In addition to her work as an independent artist, Sonia has had a distinguished decade-long career as a Set Designer in feature films and television. Her credits include Robocop (2014) Maps to the Stars (2014) and Suicide Squad (2016), and she was a member of the design team behind Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015), nominated for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Design Award (2016).

Finalists

Perrie Voss & Heidi Lynch: Avocado Toast

“Avocado Toast is an intergenerational sex comedy exploring the comforts and awkwardness of sex from 25 to 69. When it comes to millennials and baby boomers, these nuts haven’t fallen so far from the family tree.

Avocado Toast has been in development since 2015. In 2018 Perrie Voss and Heidi Lynch were invited to host a panel at ClexaCon UK (the largest multi-fandom event celebrating LGBTQ women and characters) on ‘the power of sharing vulnerable stories’. Perrie and Heidi are driven to tell underrepresented and inclusive narratives, lifted with heart and comedy, through the female perspective.

Radha S. Menon: Sail Tree

Magic-realist short film, The Sail Tree, is a tale of two sisters and a mystical snake. Terminally ill, Mena meets her guide and must prepare herself to bid farewell and devastate her frail sister.

Interdisciplinary artist, Menon began performing in British theatre and television in her youth. Her plays have been produced for many theatre festivals in Canada and the U.K. A new collaborative play Welcome to my Underworld can be seen at Soulpepper Theatre (May 8-25). Fringe hit Rukmini’s Gold will be remounted in 2020. Radha is thrilled to be making films once again. The magic realist short The Sail Tree has been greenlit for production.

CCA Media Arts: Development

Recipient

Helen Juvonen: You’re Never Alone

You’re Never Alone is a dark comedy about a young widow who is forced to deal with overbearing in-laws when her husband dies suddenly and his family decides she shouldn’t be alone during this time of sadness. The relationship was never good to begin with but now it’s three against one and they’re turning her into a stranger in her own home. How much can she put up with before it’s time to take a stand?

Helen Juvonen is an actor, director, producer, and writer as well as the Artistic Director of Thought For Food Productions. With Thought For Food she has produced almost twenty shows ranging from Shakespeare to new Canadian plays, including the critically-acclaimed Dark Heart and her own work The Aleatory Project and a little faux pas. Screenwriting credits include the short films A False Sense of Security, Advances and Weed Night. Helen is also a Jeopardy champion.

Finalists

Laura Anne Harris: Acting Guardian

Deborah and her sister Veronica are professional legal guardians making their living stealing from the elderly, but after losing all their money in a bad real estate scheme, they must find one last wealthy senior to entrap. When Veronica and Deborah visit Bernadette, a late-seventies billionaire, hoping to usher her to a retirement facility, they discover that she is a vengeful murderer and the captors become the captive!

Laura Anne Harris is a writer/performer/director, born and raised in Victoria, B.C. She is a MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She has toured two solo shows: Pitch Blonde and The Homemaker across North America. She premiered her first full length play Red/Rouge at the IF Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. This summer she will be touring her third solo show Destiny, USA to Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria, and Vancouver on the Canadian Fringe circuit.

Rebecca Applebaum: Best Plan

Violet and Linda have been best friends since childhood, despite growing differences. Now, Linda is getting married. There are paper samples and tea sommeliers and a very specific shade of teal. And then … the seating plan. Linda asks Violet to sit in the one place she’d rather be anywhere but.

Rebecca Applebaum is an actor and director. Her debut film as a director, Spooning, screened this year at Cinequest and the Canadian Film Fest. It was adapted from the play Reality Theatre, whose premiere she also directed. As an actor, Rebecca’s recent credits include Save Me (CBC), The Expanse (Syfy), and Odd Squad (TVO/PBS). .

CCA Theatre Production | DevelopmentCCA Media Arts: Production | Development