On July 18, 2009, Brian Quirt was presented with the Literary Managers andDramaturgs of the Americas Prize in Dramaturgy – The Elliott Hayes Award – at the LMDA’s conference in Washington, D.C., for his work as dramaturg on Ned Dickens’ seven play cycle, City of Wine. The award is presented annually to honour exemplary work by dramaturgs in Canada and the USA. In her presentation LMDA President Shelley Orr said, “Brian was selected because his dramaturgical involvement in the City of Wine project required not only highly skilled artistry, not just longstanding commitment, but consummate advocacy. Innovative thinking about how to bring this huge project to fruition was a major part of the dramaturg’s role.” Brian is the first two time winner of the Elliott Hayes Award, having previously received it in 2003.
LMDA serves the professions of literary managers and dramaturgs across North America and created this award to honour the memory of the late Stratford Festival Literary Manager Elliott Hayes. It is presented annually to celebrate the contribution of dramaturgs to the conception, development and production of theatre in the Americas. For more information: www.lmda.org.
Producer Naomi Campbell is this year’s recipient of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award, presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. TAPA’s announcement recognized Naomi as “an enormously talented and resourceful theatre producer who, for over twenty years, has devoted her career to creating, managing, strengthening and leading non-profit arts organizations in Toronto. Her efforts have made a significant and long-standing impact on the health of the arts in Toronto and Canada. The commitment and leadership she demonstrates is unparalleled.”
TAPA is an arts service organization that represents nearly 200 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in the City of Toronto. The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award honours the important work of theatre, dance and opera dministrators. For more information: www.tapa.ca.