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Graduating Student from a Canadian Theatre School

The Jon Kaplan Fund Awards will offer support and encouragement to theatre artists of merit and need. There is no “best” associated with these Awards, and the adjudicating committees will be focussed on selecting the most appropriate recipients based on these criteria.

Nomination Guidelines

For the 2020 award, the recipient will be a graduating acting student from the Ryerson University School of Performance.

  • You are the faculty at a Canadian post-secondary theatre school.
  • The recipient of this award must have been nominated by the faculty of the school at which the recipient has studied.

Who to nominate?

Jon Kaplan made it central to his work as a theatre writer to seek out and support artists whose work showed merit and commitment, regardless of the size of theatre or profile of the work, and he frequently went out of his way to offer encouragement to artists who were having a challenging time making their way. In addition, Jon saw as much student work as he was able because he loved to follow an artist’s career from the very start, and he knew that even a mention by him in NOW could give a young artist a much needed personal boost.

The Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Awards are intended to acknowledge and support artists of merit and need, and we invite you to select one student from your current graduating class who fits these criteria to receive a cash gift from the Fund along with your acknowledgement of their work and potential.

Award amount

$1,000

Canadian Stage Performer

The Jon Kaplan Fund Awards will offer support and encouragement to theatre artists of merit and need. There is no “best” associated with these Awards, and the adjudicating committees will be focussed on selecting the most appropriate recipients based on these criteria.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • You are a Canadian theatre maker who has been engaged in the work for at least five years post training, if any.
  • You know or are aware of a Canadian stage performer whose work you feel has merit, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the art, and who could really use a boost in terms of acknowledgement and in terms of a bit of financial support.

Nominations are currently closed.

Award amount

$2,000

Young Canadian Playwright

The Jon Kaplan Fund Awards will offer support and encouragement to theatre artists of merit and need. There is no “best” associated with these Awards, and the adjudicating committees will be focussed on selecting the most appropriate recipients based on these criteria.

Submission Guidelines:

  • You are an individual Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, between 20 and 30 years old.
  • You write plays and/or books for musicals.
  • You have had work produced by a professional company, or work that has been selected to be part of a curated theatre festival (such as, but not limited to, Toronto’s SummerWorks, or Vancouver’s PuSH), or have had more than two works presented at a non-curated theatre festival.

Nominations are currently closed.

Award amount

$2,000

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