07 February 2020

The 2019 Nominee Interview Series

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Welcome to the 2019 Nominee Interview Series.

Every year between nomination announcements and our awards party, we interview the artists nominated for MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards. Click on the names below to read the interviews and stay tuned to this page over the next few months as we update with more nominees.

If you’re nominated this year, email us at to sign up.

Catherine Rainville
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play
Catherine is a multi-hyphenate artist whose work performing, directing, producing and designing for site-specific indie favourites Shakespeare Bash’d has never failed to thrill and surprise us. She’s nominated this year for her fierce and grounded performance as Desdemona in the company’s stirring production of Othello last February.

Sergio Di Zio
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play
Between Riverside and Crazy
Known primarily for his film and television work, the infinitely charming Sergio returned to the stage in 2019 to team up for a second Stephen Adly Guirgis project in a row with Coal Mine Theatre, earning his second nomination in a row for a Stephen Adly Guirgis project with Coal Mine Theatre. His moral complexity and nuanced accent work made him the highlight of the piece.

Taylor Hubbard
Outstanding Performance in a Musical
As Rose, the sensitive soul of Pasek & Paul’s 2012 Off-Broadway hit produced by First Act Productions in spring 2019, Taylor Hubbard gave such a beautifully vulnerable performance that our hearts felt tied to hers from curtain up to curtain down. Tackling tough vocals and an even tougher emotional workload, Taylor made us smile and weep in equal measure.

The Ensemble of Dogfight
Outstanding Ensemble
First Act Productions has a knack for assembling strong ensembles but 2019’s Dogfight might have been their strongest yet with rock solid leads and a fantastic team of supporting players delivering rich characters and the incredibly tricky harmonies in Pasek & Paul’s most complex score. We caught up with five members of the cast to reminisce about the show in a special podcast interview.

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