Pacific Theatre wins big for outstanding season
Held earlier this summer in Vancouver, the annual awards ceremony is one of the Lower Mainland's premiere film events, celebrating live theatre performances both large and small. It is named after Jessie Richardson, whose contributions to Vancouver's live theatre scene spanned four decades, starting in the 1930s.
Pacific Theatre received the award for â€œSignificant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre" for the â€œcuration and execution of an outstanding season of theatre." Although Pacific Theatre has been nominated for, and won, Jessies in the past, winning this particular award represents a first for the company, which was founded in 1984 by a group of actors who wanted to explore, in a non-propagandist manner, works having particular meaning to them as Christians.
â€œWe are honoured and thrilled that our entire season of theatre won," says Ron Reed, a founder and artistic director of Pacific Theatre. â€œIn total we received 22 nominations and the award represents the equivalent of a Dora Award."
The season's outstanding productions were Playland, My Name is Asher Lev, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train and The Busy World Is Hushed. Playland also won a Jessie for its set designs.
To be eligible for an award the theatre production or theatre company must be registered with the Jessie Society, a non-profit group. The production also must be â€œprofessional" which is defined as the actors and people engaged in the production must be paid a living wage for the duration of its rehearsals and performances and be professional as defined by a duly equity co-op. It also must receive at least six public performances in the Lower Mainland.
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