Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 Awards

Festival 18 Ottawalittletheatre DeadaccountsTheatre Ontario Festival Awards are presented to Ontario's best community theatre productions, showcased at the annual Theatre Ontario Festival.

2018 Productions

  • On a First Name Basis by Norm Foster, presented by Elmira Theatre Company - WODL
  • Little Gem by Elaine Murphy, presented by Toronto Irish Players - ACT-CO
  • Tempting Providence by Robert Chafe, presented by Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Ensemble - QUONTA
  • Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck, presented by Ottawa Little Theatre - EODL

2018 Awards

Award winners are chosen by adjudicator Maja Ardal (unless otherwise specified).

The Elsie For Outstanding Festival Production

  • Dead Accounts, Ottawa Little Theatre


Outstanding Director

  • Geoff Gruson, Dead Accounts


Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role

  • Rebecca De La Cour as Lorraine, Little Gem


Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role

  • Phillip Merriman as Jack, Dead Accounts


Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

  • Jane Morris as Barbara, Dead Accounts


Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

  • Josp Sparks as Phil, Dead Accounts


Outstanding Visual Presentation

  • Tempting Providence (Deborah Lang & Patty Davidson, Costumes; and Doug Robinson, Lighting)


Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • On a First Name Basis (Gord Grose, Set Design; Julie-Anne Herteis, Eugene "Sam" Read, & Phil Read, Set Construction; Kathy Bileodeau & Jean Lariviere, Set Dressing)


Outstanding Coordinated Production

(This award is chosen by the Festival Stage Manager)

  • Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Ensemble


Special Adjudicator Award

  • For carrying the theme of a play while remaining totally human: Venetia Lawless as Lorna, Dead Accounts


Special Adjudicator Award

  • For sharing a true love of acting and story with a twinkling eye: Jim Graham as Angus, Tempting Providence


Special Adjudicator Award

  • For clear vision, passion for the play, and love of his actors: Murray Finn, Director, Tempting Providence


Special Adjudicator Award

  • For bring humour and humanity to the role while managing a cantankerous man: Deb Deckert as Lucy Hopperstaad, On a First Name Basis


Special Adjudicator Award

  • For imaginative and simple beauty: Bernadette Hunt (Set Design & Set Drawings) & Sean Treacy (Set Design), Little Gem


For more information about the Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 Awards, please contact Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager at or 416.408.4556 x.13.


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