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Awards and Scholarships

Theatre Nova ScotiaTNS Professional Development Scholarship

Theatre Nova Scotia offers a scholarship to support professional development for theatre artists working in any form of theatre and at any stage of their careers. This scholarship was created when Jim Morrow, Artistic Director of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, named Theatre Nova Scotia as his protégé after receiving the prestigious Portia White Award. The award amount was then matched by the Theatre Nova Scotia Board of Directors and the fund was created. The purpose of this scholarship is to support theatre artists in their pursuit of professional development in specialized training programs outside of university bachelor’s or master’s degree programs or conservatory training. Programs of study can include workshops, intensives or mentorships with an established artist. The Professional Development Scholarship is presented each year during the Robert Merritt Awards.

Open to TNS Individual members. Applications are assessed by a jury arranged by Theatre Nova Scotia and the decision will be made by March 1st of each year. The award value is $1000.

Application deadline: January 15th every year         

Professional Development Scholarship Application

 

Wes Daniels

The Wes Daniels Design Award

The Wes Daniels Design Award honors the artistic spirit of the late props builder and set designer Wes Daniels, a long-time employee of Neptune Theatre and a gifted artist. The annual award will provide a matching financial gift of up to $1,000 annually to a theatre company to subsidize, for a given production, the hiring of an emerging theatre professional who has demonstrated a strong artistic sensibility in the field of theatre design. By providing this unique, hands-on professional development opportunity, Neptune Theatre and Theatre Nova Scotia hope to honor Wes, his work and his commitment to mentorship. The award will be administered by Theatre Nova Scotia, working in collaboration with Neptune Theatre.  The award recipient will be announced at Theatre Nova Scotia’s annual Merritt Awards.  Open to TNS Professional Theatre company members.

Application Deadline: January 15th every year

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HRM logoHRM Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre

This annual award, supported by His Worship Mike Savage, recognizes achievement in theatre by a resident of the Halifax Regional Municipality and is presented at the Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards. Nominations are accepted from the general public, schools, cultural organizations and businesses. In order to be eligible, nominees must have made a significant contribution to theatre in our community and currently reside in HRM.  Nominees may include, but are not limited to: actors, directors, producers, playwrights, designers, scenic artists, carpenters, sound and lighting technicians, stage managers, administrators and theatre educators. The award value is $1000.

Application Deadline:  February 28th every year 

Mayor’s Award for Achievement Form

 

HRM logoHRM Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist

This annual award, supported by His Worship Mike Savage, recognizes achievement in theatre by a resident of the Halifax Regional Municipality and is presented at the Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards. Nominations are accepted from the general public, schools, cultural organizations and businesses. In order to be eligible, nominees must have work that shows outstanding promise in his or her field and currently reside in HRM.  Nominees will be emerging artists in a theatrical discipline (director, designer, actor, writer) who has spent no fewer than two (2) years and no more than ten (10) in his/her chosen field (after training, if applicable). Nominees must be artists who have demonstrated a strong interest in and potential for pursuing a career in theatre and have created, or participated in, at least one artistic work that has been presented or produced. The award value is $1000. The Mayor’s Awards are administered by Theatre Nova Scotia.

Application Deadline:  February 28th every year

Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist form

 

Theatre Nova ScotiaTheatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award

Theatre Nova Scotia created the TNS Legacy Award for outstanding contribution to professional theatre in Nova Scotia. The winner is announced at the annual Robert Merritt Awards. Nominations are accepted from individual members, Professional Theatre organizations, and the general public. Nominators should address how a nominee has contributed to Nova Scotian theatre in the areas of organizational development, community building, mentorship and education. Please list any volunteer or board positions held by the nominee, as well any artistic contributions made to the Nova Scotian theatre community or any other relevant information. Nominees may include, but are not limited to: actors, directors, producers, playwrights, designers, scenic artists, carpenters, sound and lighting technicians, stage managers, administrators and theatre educators. Recipients are eligible to receive the award one time only.  The award is open to all Nova Scotians.

Application Deadline:  February 28th every year

Legacy Award Nomination Form

Theatre Nova ScotiaTheatre Nova Scotia Volunteer Award

Theatre Nova Scotia created the TNS Volunteer Award for outstanding contribution to professional or community theatre in Nova Scotia. The winner is announced at the annual Robert Merritt Awards. Nominations are accepted from individual members, Professional or Community Theatre organizations, and the general public. Nominators should address how a nominee made a significant contribution to community or professional theatre in Nova Scotia. The nominee will have shown an exceptional commitment to theatre in any area, including, but not limited to, production, back stage, administrative work, fundraising, board or committee work. Nominees must have been a member of an organization for at least one year.

Application Deadline:  February 28th every year

Volunteer Award Nomination Form

Theatre Nova ScotiaTheatre Nova Scotia Stage Manager and Technician Awards

Theatre Nova Scotia created the Stage Manager and Technician Awards to recognize significant contribution to professional theatre in Nova Scotia in the areas of stage management and technical production. The winner(s) will be announced at the annual Robert Merritt Awards. Nominations are accepted from individual members and Professional Theatre organizations. Nominators should address how a nominee made a significant contribution to their given area of expertise. Nominees must be a permanent resident of Nova Scotia.

Application Deadline:  February 28th every year

Stage Manager Technician Nomination Form

Talent Trust logoThe Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Theatre Nova Award

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust provides financial assistance to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to establish themselves as artists in their chosen fields, but have not yet done so. Assistance is provided to those who are undertaking programs of study to advance their artistic development and who are pursuing career paths that can lead them to becoming established artists. Each year’s NSTT successful scholarship recipients will be considered for fifteen Special Awards. Special Awards are issued at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee and are provided in addition to scholarship amounts. No other application requirements are necessary. The Theatre Nova Scotia Award, named for the award’s sponsor, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in theatre. The award value is $1000.

Application Deadlines:  March 1st and May 1st every year

Details through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust

EFT logo C Rhindress negThe High School 10 Minute Play Contest

Eastern Front Theatre annually accepts submissions from Nova Scotia students in grades 10 through 12 to their 10 Minute Play Contest. Student plays must be no more than 10 minutes in length and include no more than 4 characters.  All plays will be read and judged by a panel of theatre professionals arranged by Eastern Front Theatre. Four student plays will be chosen from the submissions and each of the winning entries will be receive a workshop with a professional director and actors and the student playwrights.  The plays will then receive a staged reading in the spring, typically as part of the Stages Theatre Festival. Theatre Nova Scotia is pleased to sponsor the first prize award for the High School 10 Minute Play Contest. The award is $300.

Application Deadline:  Spring each year

Details through the Eastern Front Theatre

 

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For Merritt Awards details please see www.merrittawards.ca