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.

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Ryan Hollyman
Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play
C’Mon, Angie
Ryan’s haunting and complex performance in C’Mon, Angie with Leroy Street Theatre layered everyman appeal with everyman darkness to create a troubling portrait of a clueless abuser. Ryan’s thoughtfulness in embodying his character’s hurtful actions with empathy for his humanity was a performance we still can’t get out of our heads.

Robert Markus
Outstanding Performance in a Musical
Dear Evan Hansen
Robert singing ‘Waving Through a Window’ was on our Best of the Decade list. His performance as Evan Hansen was not only vocally masterful but nuanced and thoughtful as well. He’s nominated for the second year in a row because he’s great in everything, even one of the hardest roles in the contemporary musical theatre canon.

Taylor Hubbard
Outstanding Performance in a Musical
As Rose, the sensitive soul of Pasek & Paul’s 2012 Off-Broadway hit, 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.

Fiona Sauder
Outstanding Direction
Life in a Box 
Fiona’s work on the remount/expansion of Life in a Box was one of the fun and inventive highlights of our year in Toronto theatre. The original Fringe production was nominated for performance and new work last year and Fiona’s thoughtful eye and sense of adventure was exactly what the show needed to make it soar even higher.

Jake Epstein
Outstanding Solo Performance
Boy Falls From the Sky
Jake’s work has ranged from TV to Broadway. Last summer, he took things local and personal with his cabaret show Boy Falls From the Sky at the Fringe, which enjoyed a sold-out run and great reviews. He opens up about the experience of developing and performing this comedic but starkly honest examination of the actor’s life.

Felix Beauchamp
Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play
Portia’s Julius Caesar
Felix is a bilingual performer who has worked across Canada both onstage and on film. He’s a member of the Cirque du Soleil talent roster and the drummer for the indie rock band People Walking By. In Kaitlyn Riordan’s ambitious Portia’s Julius Caesar, he delivered a Brutus whose conflict was grounded and deeply humane.

Gillian Bartolucci
Outstanding Solo Performance
The Weight of it All
One of our favourite productions out of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival was Gillian Bartolucci’s one woman sketch show The Weight of it All. Beautifully constructed with a perfect blend of high-octane fun, clever commentary, and brutal honesty, we’re still thinking about Gillian’s technically impressive and emotionally wrought performance.

Marcel Stewart
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play
The Brothers Size
Nominated this year for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play for his powerful performance in Soulpepper’s brilliant production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s  The Brothers Size, the dynamic and thoughtful Marcel Stewart is a mainstay of our awards season having appeared in many nominated productions over the years.

Laura Condlln
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play
Laura’s turn as Emilia in Othello was our favourite thing about the 2019 Stratford season, earning the perennial favourite a notable fifth nomination. Embracing Emilia’s strength and weakness in equal, empathetic measure, Laura illuminated and redefined a 400-year-old character and made her completely new.

Alicia Ault
Outstanding Performance in a Musical
Hook Up
Tapestry’s ambitious musical theatre/opera hybrid was one of the most unique productions of the year, tackling issues of consent on campus with searing insight and a light touch. The performance that stayed with us the most came from Alicia Ault who deftly captured the complexity of playing a supporting role in a friend’s trauma.

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. His moral complexity and nuanced accent work made him the highlight of the piece.

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.

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

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