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02 February 2019

The 2018 Nominee Interview Series

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Welcome to the 2018 Nominee Interview Series.

Every year between nomination announcements and our awards party (this year it’s April 15th), we interview the artists nominated for MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards. Check back over the next few months as this page is updated with all the latest Q&As with our nominees. Click on the names below to read the interviews.

If you’re nominated this year and have yet to sign up for your interview, please email to sign up for the series.

Sarah Thorpe
Outstanding Direction
A Christmas Carol
It’s hard to stage a production of a timeless classic that keeps what makes it great while still seeming completely original. Sarah Thorpe did that with A Christmas Carol, in a setting that provides unique opportunities and challenges. Fellow nominee Thomas Gough, described her as having “the essential characteristics of every good director”.

Cass Van Wyck
Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play
Therac 25
Performer/Producer Cass Van Wyck had a breakout year in 2018 with two extremely different and totally indelible star turns in productions she played a huge role in ushering into existence. Her nomination is for the first of these two productions, in which she played a cancer patient with incredible honesty and total commitment.

Thomas Gough
Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play
A Christmas Carol
Thomas is a staple of Toronto theatre, and a veteran of many shows at Campbell House, who has worked extensively with Outstanding Direction nominee Sarah Thorpe. In Soup Can Theatre/Three Ships Collective’s reimagining of A Christmas Carol, his Scrooge was a wonderfully complex portrait of a figure that can easily become a caricature.

Shalyn McFaul
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical
The Producers
Shalyn graduated from Trinity Western with a BA in Theatre in 2009. Her experience as a performer has mostly remained within musical theatre and Shakespeare. Most recently appearing in The Producers at the Lower Ossington Theatre, we are grateful to have Shalyn speak a little with us about her performance as Franz Liebkind.

Lauren Wolanski
Outstanding Solo Performance
Lauren Wolanski elevated Theatre Born Between’s remount of Rosamund Small’s Vitals  with her grounded, nuanced performance of Anna, a paramedic recently off the job and suffering from accumulated PTSD. Collaborating with director Bryn Kennedy, their version of the solo show was intimate, simply staged, and devastating.

Elizabeth Saunders
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play
Midsummer Nights Dream
Elizabeth Saunders-Brown is a theatre director, teacher, writer and actor, known for her work on Slings and ArrowsOrphan Black, and Alias Grace, among others. She has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play for her nuanced, hilarious take on Puck in the Chekhov Collective’s Dream. 

Louis Laberge-Côté
Outstanding Dance Performance
The Art of Degeneration
The Art of Degeneration is an explosion of dancing, acting, singing and social commentary on an assortment of issues. The production is nominated for Outstanding Dance Performance because of its desire to rise above dance, at least in its current form, and its risky nature. Louis Laberge-Côté takes fragments from his mind and stitches it together on stage for an exquisite, yet unconventional, performance.

Martin Dockery
Outstanding New Play
Known for his lightning-fast dialogue and twisting narratives, celebrated Fringe favourite Martin Dockery earned his second career nomination for the text of a mind-boggling timeline-jumping two-hander he performed at last summer’s festival with Jon Paterson. As quick and clever as Martin’s solo work, Inescapable upped the ante to tell a heartfelt story shrouded in hilarious zany mythological hijinks.

Paula Wolfson
Outstanding Performance in a Musical
Judas Star Supersong
A veteran actor, cabaret performer, and singer for more than thirty-five years, Paula Wolfson has a Dora for her role in Shaking the Foundations, and was in the first Canadian tours of Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. But her stage performances have become less frequent in Toronto in the last few years, as she diversified into teaching (she’s an Artists Educator with the Royal Conservatory of Music), cantoral singing (she’s a Soloist at Shir Libeynu), and horticulture (she’s a Master Gardener with her own business, My Garden’s Keeper). But she came back in a big way at the 2018 Fringe Festival, where her show Judas Star Supersong received rave reviews

Richard Young
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play
The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome
Richard Young is an actor/screenwriter known for his work in film and television (Taken, Kim’s Convenience, The Strain) but it was his standout performance in a site-specific play at last summer’s Toronto Fringe that earned him his Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play nomination. In the strong ensemble of High Park Productions’ The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome, Richard shone as an art world outsider whose late-play entrance brings all the secrets to the surface.

Graham Isador
Outstanding Solo Performance
…And You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next
Pressgang Theatre’s Graham Isador is one of the best storytellers in town. As a writer, he brings creative structure and clarity to memorable, emotional stories. As a performer, he delivers said stories with calm charisma and relatable vulnerability. His SummerWorks 2018 piece about his time working at BuzzFeed ambitiously wove together multiple narratives to make a larger meta point about the stories we choose to tell.

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