Personal Philanthropy

Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards

To celebrate the too short life of Ellen Ross Stuart (Nel), the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards have been created to "Open Doors" by empowering young writers to actively engage in their craft in association with Hart House Theatre, Tarragon Theatre and Blyth Festival.

The awards are for emerging writers in their twenties with some production credits who have graduated from post-secondary training or outgrown other programs that nurture young artists.

2019/2020 Award Winners

Madeleine Brown
Madeleine Brown is a playwright and actor from Peterborough, Ontario now based in Toronto. Her last three comedies debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival including a sold-out run of Patron’s Pick Winner, Everyone Wants A T-Shirt!. She has previously received NOW Magazine Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Individual Performance and was an inaugural Nightwood Theatre Young Innovator. She is a graduate of UTM/Sheridan College as a Loran Scholar and Second City's Conservatory program. Madeleine volunteers with L’Arche Toronto and plays the euphonium with the Swansea Community Concert Band.

April Leung
April Siutong Leung 梁筱彤is a performer and playwright raised in Hong Kong, now based in Toronto. Her current work tends to examine what it means to be Chinese-Canadian, the sociopolitical aspects of Hong Kong, technology, as well as food. In addition to Inside the Claypot Rice, she is working with Mammalian Diving Reflex to develop (a) round table, a show based on inter-generational cooking and the passing of recipes. April was also selected by Cahoots Theatre as one of their thirty theatre-makers who will shape the next thirty years in Canadian theatre.

2019/2020 Award Runner Ups:  Polly Phokeev, Zahida Rahemtulla, Sepehr Reybod (see release for bios)

News Releases 
The Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards - Call for Applications  July 18, 2019
2019/2020 Winners of the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Awards Announced   March 4, 2020




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