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- The Wes Daniels Design Award
- Theatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award
- Theatre Nova Scotia Volunteer Award
- The Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Theatre Nova Scotia Award
- Outstanding Stage Manager & Outstanding Technician Awards
- RBC Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award
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 announced at the Merritt Awards that year. The award value is $1000.
Application deadline: March 1st
- Professional Development Scholarship Application Guidelines (PDF)
- Professional Development Scholarship Application Form (PDF)
- Professional Development Scholarship Budget Form (Excel)
The Wes Daniels Design Award honours 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 honour 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
- 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 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: March 1st
- Legacy Award Nomination (pdf)
- Legacy Award Nomination (form fillable pdf)
- Legacy Award Nomination (Word)
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, backstage, 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: March 1st
- Volunteer Award Nomination (pdf)
- Volunteer Award Nomination (form fillable pdf)
- Volunteer Award Nomination (Word)
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
Theatre Nova Scotia Stage Manager and Technician Merritt Awards recognize outstanding work on professional productions 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 contributed to the success of a production.
Nomination forms here
- Stage Manager Award Nomination (pdf)
- Stage Manager Award Nomination (form fillable pdf)
- Stage Manager Award Nomination (Word)
- Technician Award Nomination (pdf)
- Technician Award Nomination (form fillable pdf)
- Technician Award Nomination (Word)
Send nominations to submissions[at]theatrens.ca or by mail/drop-off to:
Theatre Nova Scotia office
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
FAST FACTS about the Outstanding SM and Technician Awards:
- Contrary to popular belief, these awards are NOT a one-time honour! Actors, Directors, and everyone else is eligible to win a Merritt for every show they work on, and SM and techs are no exception.
- Anyone who worked on a professional TNS member production is eligible to submit a nomination. It does not need to come from the Producer/Producing Company. Directors, ASMs, fellow technicians, crew members, cast members, and even administrators can write and submit nominations.
- The production for which the SM/Tech is being recognized needs to have been produced by a professional TNS member company in good standing during the previous calendar year. Not sure if the show is eligible? Email TNS and ask!
The RBC Chrysalis Emerging Artists Award is presented to an emerging artist, nominated by their peers, and exists to recognize an individual who is already exhibiting the exuberance to affect our community. This award has been created by Neptune Theatre as part of their larger Chrysalis Project concept that sees emerging artists in a multitude of disciplines working alongside Neptune's creative staff for a season of theatre. The award will be administrated by Theatre Nova Scotia.
Nomination form here
One award will be offered. The recipient will receive:
- A cash prize from Neptune Theatre
- An in-kind prize from Theatre Nova Scotia
This peer-nominated award is intended for artists who have been present in theatre in Nova Scotia for two (2) to ten (10) years and have demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing/advancing their career in theatre.
The recipient will be announced at that year's Theatre Nova Scotia’s Robert Merritt Awards.
Nominations deadline: March 1st
Chrysalis Award Nomination Form (fillable pdf)
Chrysalis Award Nomination Form (Word .docx)