Intermission is so excited to be hosting the inaugural Outstanding Emerging Critic Award Recipient as our 2020 critic-in-residence! In the new year, the prize for this award is to be a critic-in-residence who will write under the mentorship of Senior Editor, Hayley Malouin.
The Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Critical Writing was given out by The Canadian Theatre Critics Association on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. This year’s recipient for the award for Outstanding Emerging Critic 2019 is Robyn Grant-Moran! Robyn won the award for her review in alt.theatre magazine about Prophecy Fog (Nightswimming/Theatre Centre/Paper Canoe Projects) which you can read here.
The CTCA honours those who have contributed to the growth of theatre-making in Canada and the organization continues to support the ever-changing practice of theatre criticism – both online and in print.
The award is given in honour of Nathan Cohen, a tough-minded and insightful theatre critic who played a key role in fostering professional standards for reviewing Canadian theatre in the postwar era. He wrote for the Toronto Star from 1959-1971 where he reviewed plays nationally and internationally and was also a critic and host for CBC Radio and Television.
The Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Critical Writing consists of 3 awards:
- Outstanding Review: This award celebrates outstanding achievement by a Canada-based writer who has reviewed a particular production or productions either verbally or through writing.
- Outstanding Critical Essay: This award celebrates outstanding achievement by a Canada-based writer who has written a piece of critical writing outside of the traditional review format like features, interviews, trend pieces, editorials and article series and written from a critical perspective (limit of 2500 words).
- Outstanding Emerging Critic: This award celebrates outstanding achievement by a Canada-based writer who has been practicing theatre criticism for less than three years, either professionally, non-professionally.