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2018 Wuchien Michael Than Fund Grants Announced

Toronto, October 17, 2018 — The Ontario Arts Foundation and the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018 grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund. This year's grants are being given to help fund productions by artists including Franco Nguyen and Loretta Seto.

Production Grants

Good Morning Viet Mom by Franco Nguyen
Cahoots Theatre

Loreta Seto The Ones We Leave Behind by Loretta Seto
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Development Grants - Phase II

Suvendrini Lena Every Corner a Terrorist by Suvendrini Lena
B.A.A.N.N. Theatre Centre

April Leung Ladies of Mahjong by April Leung
Factory Theatre

Yellow Rabbit
by the Silk Bath Collective
Soulpepper Theatre Company

Suicide Forest by Tetsuro Shigematsu
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Mahabharata by Ravi Jain
Why Not Theatre

Development Grants - Phase I

Pluck'd  by Ke Xin Li
Playwrights Workshop Montreal

Salesman in China by Jovanni Sy and Leanna Brodie
PTC Playwrights Theatre Centre

APPLE by Cynthia Hicks
Studio 180 Theatre

Production and Phase Two Development Grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund are available for the development of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights which are either in production for the current season or in the pre-production phase and projected to be ready for full public productions within one or two seasons.

Phase One Development Grant applications can be made at any time. Visit the Wuchien Michael Than website for details.

The Wuchien Michael Than Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by Michael Than in 2012 and launched in 2013 to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with a particular emphasis on new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights, and the development of emerging talent in the Asian-Canadian theatre community.

List of Past Grant Recipients

For more information, please contact :

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid out over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation was established to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with particular emphasis on the creation, development and production of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights .

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Call for Nominations for the eighth annual Gina Wilkinson $5,000 Prize

Toronto, ON, October 15, 2018 — Nominations for the eighth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize (Gina's Prize) will be accepted starting October 15, 2018. Established in memory of director Gina Wilkinson, who was a beloved actor and director across the country, the prize is intended to recognize an experienced female theatre artist transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction.  The annual prize pays tribute to Gina and her unyielding dedication, vision and indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life.  The recipient will be chosen from nominations brought forward by members of the Canadian theatre community.  This year's nomination deadline is December 15, 2018 with the award recipient announced on March 10, 2019

An actor for over twenty years, Gina began turning her attention to both writing and directing, and in the last few years of her too-short life established herself as a daring, strong, inventive and important director and collaborator in the Canadian theatre community.  Shortly after Gina died in December 2010, a fund was established to benefit female theatre directors.  The Gina Wilkinson Prize was made possible due to the generous support of over 200 people from across Canada.  In addition, a substantial gift was made to the fund in 2014 by the beneficiaries of the Estate of Elsie V. Adamson, a long-time friend and client of Martin Wilkinson, Gina's brother.  In the spirit of Gina's generousity and appetite for life, the prize is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses. 

Previous winners of the Gina Wilkinson Prize include: Ann-Marie Kerr of Halifax (2012), Krista Jackson of Winnipeg (2013) Christine Brubaker of Toronto (2014), Valerie Planche of Calgary (2015), Kelli Fox of Toronto (2016), Kimberley Rampersad of Winnipeg (2017), and Tanja Jacobs (2018).

The Gina Wilkinson Prize Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so here.

Award and Nomination Process


For more information:

Tom Rooney

Alan Walker, Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation 
416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca


Composer Steph Copeland is Awarded the 2018 Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks

Toronto, September 18, 2018 - The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation are delighted to announce Steph Copeland is the 2018 recipient of the Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks.   

Steph Copeland

Steph Copeland, a classically trained vocalist, is a composer for feature films (Antisocial 1 and 2, Let Her Out, Bed of The Dead, Ejecta, Bite) as well as commercials (PanAm Games and BOSE). Copeland also writes for popular and electro/pop artists as well as writing and producing her own material, including her debut album "Public Panic" in 2015.

The use of live musicians in Copeland’s compositions for the upcoming film “I’ll Take Your Dead” (2018 Black Fawn Films/Breakthrough Entertainment) were made possible with the assistance of the Christopher Dedrick Music Fund.

"As a composer of independent Canadian films, it is often difficult to work with live musicians due to budget constraints.  The Christopher Dedrick Music Fund allowed me to work with violinist Brigit O'Regan which elevated the score beyond my expectations," said Steph Copeland.  "Thanks to awards like these, composers and musicians have a chance to reach our artistic goals and higher production standards on an indie budget.  Thank you so much to the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Ontario Arts Foundation."

The Christopher Dedrick Award was established in memory of Christopher Dedrick, an award-winning screen composer and past-president of the SCGC, to encourage and support the hiring and use of live musicians in the production of media music soundtracks. This annual cash prize of $1,200 is awarded to a SCGC member in good standing, and is adjudicated by a Selection Committee comprised of SCGC peers. The Award is administered by the SCGC on behalf of the Ontario Arts Foundation.

For information, please contact:

Tonya Dedrick, Managing Director
Screen Composers Guild of Canada
Tel: (416) 410-5076

Alan Walker, Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is a trade association certified under the Canadian Federal Status of the Artist Act, and represents all professional Anglophone composers and music producers for film, television , video games, mobile and all other screen media.  The SCGC promotes the status and rights of screen composers through professional development, sharing information, advocacy on issues such as creator’s rights and the value of screen music.  The SCGC is a member of the Music Creators Canadian and North American Alliances. 

About Christopher Dedrick
Chris Dedrick was a music producer, arranger, and a classical and soundtrack composer. He worked with directors Guy Maddin and Don McKellar, winning a Genie Award for Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World. In 1997 Dedrick won a Gemini Award for his work on the television series Road to Avonlea. Chris was nominated a total of 16 times for Gemini awards, winning a total of four, the others for Million Dollar Babies, Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast and The Great Canadian Polar Bear Adventure.

Full Biography

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