Awards and Scholarships
TNS 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: February 28 at 5pm
- Professional Development Scholarship Application Guidelines (PDF)
- Professional Development Scholarship Application Form (PDF)
- Professional Development Scholarship Budget Form (Excel)
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: March 1st, 2021
- Wes Daniels Award Application Guidelines (PDF)
- Wes Daniels Award Application Form (PDF)
- Wes Daniels Award Application Form (Fillable PDF)
- Wes Daniels Award Budget Template (Excel)
Theatre 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. See the Legacy Award Winners here.
Application Deadline: February 28th every year
- Legacy Award Nomination (pdf)
- Legacy Award Nomination (form fillable pdf)
- Legacy Award Nomination (Word)
Theatre 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.
See the video celebrating Simon (produced by the King's Theatre) here.
Application Deadline: February 28th every year
- Volunteer Award Nomination (pdf)
- Volunteer Award Nomination (form fillable pdf)
- Volunteer Award Nomination (Word)
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Theatre Nova Scotia 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