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Robert Merritt Awards

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 About the Awards

The Merritt Awards celebrate Nova Scotia’s outstanding talent in the theatre industry. Named for the late Dalhousie Theatre professor, Robert Merritt, the awards were established in 2002 and annually highlight the wealth and calibre of theatre creation and production in the province.

Professional productions are juried throughout the year, and exceptional performances, direction, design and more are honoured the following March.

The event also features special presentations: Theatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award, Volunteer Award, TNS Scholarship, Neptune's Wes Daniels Design Award and the Neptune Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award.


The Emerging Artist Showcase:
“Process” will be featuring the works of a variety of Nova Scotian Emerging Artists curated by the Associate Merritt Producer, Stevey Hunter. Before the ceremony, we’ll be inviting folks to check out the installation that will feature costumes, set designs, sound, digital performance, and more that highlight the emerging talent in our theatre community.




The Merritt Awards Ceremony is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

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Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival


Celebrating Nova Scotia's theatre talent

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