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John Hirsch Prize

Current winners: Ravi Jain (top) and Vicky Côté (bottom)

Current winners: Ravi Jain (top) and Vicky Côté (bottom)

Photo: Patrick Simard (bottom)

Current Winners

Ravi Jain

The works of Toronto director Ravi Jain bridge the gap between the commercial and the avant-garde.

Vicki Côté

Vicki Côté's ingenious creations and rich, varied experience have had an impact across Canada and elsewhere.

What is this prize?

The John Hirsch Prize recognizes new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision.

Prize amount

Two prizes of $6,000 each (one Anglophone recipient and one Francophone recipient)

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a member of the Canadian professional theatre community.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on this prize, see the John Hirsch Award Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

On his death in 1989, distinguished theatre director John Hirsch left a bequest to the Canada Council for the Arts to encourage Canadian directors. Mr. Hirsch made an extraordinary contribution to theatre in Canada, most notably as founder of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, head of CBC television drama and artistic director of the Stratford Festival.

Further Information

Lori Knoll

Program Officer

E-mail: lori.knoll@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5573

Toll free: 1-800-263-5533, ext. 5573

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

October, 2017


Prize Amount

Up to

By Nomination

Note that some guidelines are not up to date, and reflect the previous Prize administration processes. Guidelines will be gradually updated over the coming months.

Cumulative list of winners