12 January 2017
Welcome to the 2016 Nominee Interview Series.
Over the next few months we’ll be posting exclusive Q&As with dozens of the artists nominated for this year’s MyTheatre, MyTV and MyCinema Awards. Keep your eyes on this page for the ever-updating list as the series progresses and we get closer to the winners announcement on April 10th.
Here’s the list of published interviews so far:
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Sound Design, Quiver
Anna Chatterton’s solo show Quiver incorporates live sound effects created and recorded and cued onstage by the performer making the role of Outstanding Sound Design nominee Michael Rinaldi one of the most unique design challenges of a season full of unique design challenges. We chatted with Michael about working with Anna to unlock all the potential in the tiny vocal effects box the show rested on.
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Performance in a Musical, Sweeney Todd
Marcus Nance has one of the most memorable voices in Canadian musical theatre- a rich bass that could charm just about anybody (which comes in handy because he always seems to be playing the most dastardly of villains). We caught up with Marcus to look back on last summer as he prepared to move to Stratford to begin rehearsals for what’s next.
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Opera Performance, Norma
Sondra Radvanovsky is one of the world’s most renowned sopranos. She received her second Outstanding Opera Performance MyTheatre Award nomination for her glorious bel canto performance in Norma with the Canadian Opera Company. She took the time amidst preparing to debut a new role to look back at Norma and her time on the Four Seasons Centre stage and its burning pyre.
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Sound Design, Breath of Kings
Prolific sound designer and composer Debashis Sinha is nominated for the third time in two years for his stirring and complex work on Stratford’s epic Breath of Kings. We caught up with him to discuss his latest Outstanding Sound Design nomination (shared with lighting designer Kimberly Purtell) and he gave us a fascinating glimpse inside one of the most technical and under-explored aspects of theatre creation.
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Actress/Supporting Actress, Mrs. Warren’s Profession/Hamlet
This is Jennifer Dzialoszynski’s third nomination in a row. Well, third and fourth, really, since she’s nominated in two different categories- Outstanding Supporting Actress for her scene-stealing turn as Laertes in Shakespeare Bash’d’s Hamlet then for Outstanding Actress as no-nonsense Vivie Warren in the Shaw Festival’s production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession. We caught up with the fierce and clever actress to talk about yet another year of incredible stage performances.
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Actress/Ensemble, Late Night/Chasse-Galerie
A past winner and past awards host, actress/comedian/improviser/writer/host/general cool gal Kat Letwin is back this year with another pair of nominations and another insightful, candid interview. *audio interview*
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Actress, The Angry Brigade
Recent LAMDA graduate Andrea Creighton brought the character of revolutionary political activist Anna Mendelssohn to life in Elevated State’s The Angry Brigade. Her performance had a depth and sincerity that did justice to the historical character who was so disarming and seductive that she was almost single-handedly responsible for drawing out their trial to one of the longest in British recorded history.
MyTheatre (TO): Outstanding Sketch/Improv Performance, Songbuster- An Improvised Musical
Nominated for their 2016 run at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Songbuster is an improv troupe who creates a live original musical at every performance based on a suggestion from the audience.