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2018 Winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards Announced

Toronto, ON, May 1, 2018 – Ross and Ann Stuart, along with Managing Director Autumn Smith, are pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards.

Award recipients were selected by a jury of theatre professionals including: Ross and Ann Stuart, Autumn Smith, Joanna Falck, Doug Floyd, Gil Garratt and Rona Waddington. Each winner receives a $2,000 prize plus dramaturgical support and mentorship from the Tarragon Theatre, Blyth Festival and Hart House.

List of Winners

Bessie Cheng: Upon completing her degree in Devised Theatre and Playwriting from York University, Ms. Cheng has worked with the Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre Company, Summerworks Festival/AMY Project and performed at Next Stage Theatre Festival where her piece Silk Bath played to sold out houses and critical acclaim.

Sophia Fabiilli: Ms. Fabiilli sets herself apart by penning comedy and has had numerous successes with this genre, including winning the prestigious Second City Award for Outstanding Comedy for her production of The Philanderess at The Toronto Fringe, 2015. Ms Fabilli's second play Liars at a Funeral premiered in Toronto last year.

Chelsea Woolley: Ms. Woolley is a recent graduate of the Playwriting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her plays have been performed in Montreal (Geordie Productions), Alberta (Theatre BSMT) and in Washington (National New Play Center's 2017 MFA Playwright’s Workshop at the Kennedy Center.) Ms. Woolley currently has several new works in development and is most recently has designed and facilitated a teen writer's program at Red Door Family Shelter providing teens with a space to cultivate their artistic voices.

The winners will work throughout the next 8 months to create a draft version of their work for presentation next December. At that time, one winner will be selected to win $7,500 and have a mounted workshop of their piece performed at the Tarragon in May 2019.

The following five young writers were also selected to receive dramaturgical support and a cash prize of $500: Caitie Graham, Charles Manzo, Robert Motum, Ankita Kumar Ratta and Hannah Rittner.

About the Award

The award was created to celebrate the too short life of Ellen Stuart (Nel) by awarding opportunity to young playwrights. By Opening Doors we hope that not only will the winners be able to fund their writing time, but also take advantage of key mentorship possibilities.

The Ellen Ross Stuart Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation to fund the awards.  To make a donation, please visit the Ontario Arts Foundation website.


For more information about the award and the application process contact:
Autumn Smith,  Managing Director


For more information about the Ontario Arts Foundation:
Alan Walker, Executive Director

Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships."

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2018 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards Winners Announced

Toronto, April 16, 2018 - The winners of the 2018 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards were announced today.  The six winners will be honoured by the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation at an event at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto in June. 

A prize of $8,000 was awarded in each of six arts disciplines to:

Dance   Christine Friday, Ottawa
Theatre        Matthew Heiti, Sudbury
Literature   Shane Book, Ottawa
Media Arts   Luo Li, Toronto
Music   Allison Cameron, Toronto
Visual Arts   Cree Stevens, Thunder Bay

The annual awards are given to Ontario residents to support mid-career, professional artists who have a reasonable body of work, a fair degree of public exposure, have made an impact in their chosen field and demonstrate an original artistic voice within their artistic tradition.  The awards are a means of encouraging their craft and propelling them to the next level.

“We are very impressed at the caliber of artists our awards attract and wish all the winners this year great success in the pursuit of their work,” says Sarah Hunter, President, K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation.  “We also would like to thank Dave Carley, Damiano Pietropaolo, and Bernard Leroux in helping chair our juries this year.  We welcome this year’s winners into the growing family of artists who have received the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.”

Since the awards were created in 1995, 139 artists have received awards totaling $940,500.

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
(416) 969-7413, awalker@arts.on.ca


The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in Social Services, the Arts, the LGBTQ community, homeless and disadvantaged youth, Aboriginal voices, Women, and Environmental Issues. 

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017, OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 Ontario communities, for a total of $50.8 million.

Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships."

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Ontario Arts Foundation Disburses $3.35 million to Arts Organizations Across Ontario

Toronto - April 3, 2018 - The Ontario Arts Foundation announced today $ 3.35 million in endowment income payments have been made to 260 arts organizations in over 60 communities across the Province of Ontario. The annual payout represents income earned on endowments created by arts organizations and funded jointly by the private sector and the government through two matching programs:  the Arts Endowment Fund, and the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, Endowment Incentives Component.

“The Ontario Arts Foundation has been an effective resource for over 25 years in growing long-term endowment funds to support the arts, with government matching programs as a principal contributor to this success,” says Anthony Graham, Board Chair, Ontario Arts Foundation.  “Both government and private donors have played an important part in building a legacy for the arts for many years to come.”

Arts Endowment Fund (AEF)
The Arts Endowment Fund (AEF) is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation.  Under the AEF Program, money raised for endowment was matched, dollar for dollar, up to a predetermined maximum. Each year organizations receive income to be used for their ongoing operations. The Province of Ontario committed $60 million in matching funds between 1998 and 2008. Since inception, over $74 million in income has been paid from the endowment funds to Ontario arts organizations. Endowments established under the AEF Program now total over
$153 million

Canada Cultural Investment Fund - Endowment Incentives
The Canada Cultural Investment Fund - Endowment Incentives Component is a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage that provides matching funds of up to one dollar for every dollar raised privately for endowment.  Since its inception in 2001-2002, the Endowment Incentives Component has provided a total of $250 million in matching grants, leveraging private sector donations of $327 million, for a total of $577 million invested in public charitable foundations and benefitting the long-term financial health of 233 arts organizations across Canada. 


For further information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director Ontario Arts Foundation
T. 416-969-7413 awalker@arts.on.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

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