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NOTE: Please note that we are still accepting nominations for this prize despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. However, due to these exceptional circumstances, the results will be revealed later than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Danile Lvesque

Danièle Lévesque

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Current Winner

Danièle Lévesque

For 35 years, Danièle Lévesque’s work has largely contributed to an affirmation of scenography, both in Quebec and in Canada. Through her innovation and very personal style, she established herself as a true creator of imagery. A graduate of the National Theatre School (1983), Danièle has worked on most Quebec stages and explored repertory and avant-garde theatre, opera, dance and museum design. She has collaborated with stage directors with very diverse approaches, like René Richard Cyr, Alice Ronfard, Brigitte Haentjens and Lorraine Pintal. A teacher at the National Theatre School since 1992, Danièle was the director of the scenography program from 2002 to 2014. Currently, she is focussed on a creative project that explores the power of images and their installation.


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What is this prize?

The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre or dance. The prize is awarded on a four-year cycle in dance, theatre, dance and music.

Prize amount


How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by individual or organizational members of the Canadian professional performing arts community.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all the nominations received.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on this prize, see the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

Walter Carsen established this fund with a generous $1.1 million donation to the Canada Council for the Arts in 2001.

For further information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5265

Next Deadline

April 2020


Prize Amount


By Nomination

Cumulative list of winners

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