Blyth Festival alumni honoured with Doras - June 29, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards for excellence in Toronto stage productions were handed out Monday night, and Blyth Festival Associate Artistic Director Severn Thompson was one of the winners.
Thompson, who directed Peter Pan for the Bad Hats Theatre Company, was honoured by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), taking home the Dora for Outstanding Direction in the Young Audiences division.
The play swept the division, winning Doras for Outstanding Production and for its ensemble cast. The play toured to various Toronto breweries and Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre this year.
Thompson is back at the Festival this year to direct The Pigeon King, a collective creation that will be the Festival’s second world premiere of 2017 when it opens in August.
Philip Akin, who directed The Wilberforce Hotel in Blyth just two years ago, won the Dora for Outstanding Direction for “Master Harold”... and the Boys, which was co-produced by Obsidian Theatre and the Shaw Festival. The play also nabbed the Outstanding Performance – Male award for André Sills.
Nora McLellan, who starred in Mark Crawford’s The Birds and the Bees last seasons, won the Outstanding Performance – Female Dora in the Independent Theatre Division for her work in The Company Theatre’s John.
Robert Persichini, another Festival alum, won for his work in Superior Donuts by the Coal Mine Theatre. Persichini was handed the Dora for Outstanding Performance – Male in the Independent Theatre Division.
For a full list of winners from Monday night’s ceremony in Toronto, visit www.tapa.ca.