40th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners

The winners for the 40th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards have been announced! Named after the pioneering Canadian actress, director, and teacher— these awards highlight and celebrate the best of professional theatre, dance, and opera in Toronto. You can read about last year’s nominees and winners here.

As TAPA announced in April of 2018, all previous “Outstanding performance by a male or female” titles have been replaced with gender-inclusive titles. The awards show is the first in Canada to lead with a fully gender-inclusive policy and unveiled a non-gendered statue in honour of the 40th Dora Mavor Moore Awards and to celebrate a commitment to gender-inclusivity. 

The awards ceremony was hosted by multi-award winner Rick Miller at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts. For a full list of nominees and recipients, visit the TAPA website.

General Theatre

Outstanding Production:

Outstanding New Play:

Outstanding Direction:

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role:

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role:

Outstanding Scenic/Projection Design:

Outstanding Costume Design:

Outstanding Lighting Design:

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition:

Independent Theatre

Outstanding Production:

Outstanding New Play:

Outstanding Direction:

Outstanding Performance of an Individual:

Outstanding Ensemble Performance:

Outstanding Scenic/Projection Design:

  • Anahita Dehbonehie, Hand to God (Coal Mine Theatre)
  • Gillian Gallow, The Runner (Human Cargo)
  • Hans Saefkow (Scenic Design), Andy Moro with Melissa Joakim (Projection Design), Isitwendam (Native Earth presents a Bound to Create Theatre Production)
  • Michelle Tracey and Triga Creative (Scenic Design), Wesley McKenzie (Projection Design), The Scavenger’s Daughter (PARADIGM productions)
  • Patrick Lavendar (Scenic Design), Nick Bottomley (Projection Design), The Nether (Coal Mine Theatre/ Studio 180 Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design:

  • Melanie McNeill, Space Opera Zero! (Eldritch Theatre)
  • Christine Urquhart, Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (Saga Collectif)
  • Jennifer Lee Arsenault, 1979 (Michael Healey/Marcie Januska/Miles Potter)
  • Justin Miller, Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua (Pearle Harbour/Theatre Passe Muraille)
  • Ming Wong, The Cherry Orchard, (Modern Times Stage Company)

Outstanding Lighting Design:

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition:

Ancillary Award Winners

The Silver Ticket Award was presented to:

  • Peggy Baker, an artist of great talent who is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding and influential dancers and choreographers of her generation

Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production:


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