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John Hirsch Prize

2018 winners: Maxime Carbonneau (top) and Corey Payette (bottom)

2018 winners: Maxime Carbonneau (top) and Corey Payette (bottom)

Photo: Julie Artacho (top), Mique’l Dangeli (bottom)

2018 Winners

Maxime Carbonneau

A graduate of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, Maxime Carbonneau is a director, author, and actor.

Corey Payette

Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario and has worked as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada.

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.




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

Carole Boucher


E-mail: carole.boucher@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4507

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4507

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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Prize Amount

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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