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Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman

Photo: Michael Reinhart

Current Winner

Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman has performed internationally with world-renowned companies and created a singular body of work that unites distant worlds in celebration of “home”—the natural and cultural environment, community, and the physical body itself. He has made deeply personal dances with members of his own family, complex pieces for the stage alongside internationally acclaimed artists in a range of disciplines, and urban and rural events with the collaboration of local residents. He is currently working with cognitive scientists, and touring recent creations Dollhouse and FELT, a participatory cosmic fable danced for adults and children.


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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.



30 April, 2019

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.

Further Information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes

E-mail: jennifer.cherniack@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5265

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5265

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

April, 2019


Prize Amount


By Nomination

Cumulative list of winners

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