Not all awards are given out during the Doras. Here's a quartet of worthy theatre artists recently honoured for their previous work and helped toward their next creations. Lee Wilson , head of Resurgence Theatre, has next season's Urjo Kareda Residency Grant at the Tarragon, where he'll spend 20 weeks training in artistic directorship and assistant directing two shows. Wilson's just opened Resurgence's fifth season - Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and Measure For Measure - in Newmarket.
Jennifer Fawcett received this year's Lab Cab Grant , and she's using the money to help remount her one-woman piece goat show at Fringe festivals around the country. The show premiered here several years ago in SummerWorks, and this year Fawcett returns to the August fest with her latest, The Hurricane Project .
Actor/playwright/director Alex Poch-Goldin (This Hotel) copped top prize in the 2003 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest for Yahrzeit . The play gets a reading next fall in Toronto and has also been scheduled to tour Europe in 2005. Before any of that, local audiences can see Poch-Goldin's latest, This Way For The Gas, Ladies And Gentlemen , in SummerWorks.
And don't forget about the people who guide others' work. Director Brian Quirt won the 2003 Elliott Hayes Award , presented by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and named after Stratford's late literary manager. In addition to running Nightswimming, Quirt guides the Playwrights' Lab at Factory and last year directed Through The Eyes , which returns to Factory next season.
Hysteria can be a good thing. Especially when it's applied to a new feminist festival co-run by Nightwood Theatre and Buddies in Bad Times . Curators Kelly Thornton and Moynan King are looking for any sort of edgy artistic work "celebrating the voices of hysterical women" for the multidisciplinary fest, set to open October 21 at Buddies.
Theatre, dance, art installation, music, literature, film, photography and any mix of the above are welcome.
Submissions must include a cover letter stating the creator's background and intention, along with a typed script or a synopsis and detailed project description. Deadline is August 1.
Send submissions to Hysteria: A Festival Of Women, c/o Nightwood Theatre, the Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, Case Goods Building, suite 301, Toronto M5A 3C4. For more info, call Thornton at 416-944-1740 or King at 416-975-9130.