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Award amount: $1,000

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:

Who can make a nomination? 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.

Important Dates

The Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Awards will be open to receive submissions and nominations December 1, 2019. The Fund will accept submissions and nominations until March 15, 2020 in order to give us adequate time to process what we’ve received.

The second annual Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Awards will be presented at a reception on Monday, May 11, 2020.

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