The English Theater of Montreal presented its awards for the 2021-22 season |

The Montreal English Theater Awards Committee recently announced the recipients of the 2021-2022 METAs, the largest and most important peer-reviewed awards in English theater in Montreal. The annual META Ceremony, presented in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal and directed by Debbie Friedmann, was held on Sunday, November 6 at the Gesù.

This season continued to be unprecedented due to COVID-19 and the

Despite the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in closures as well as a slow reopening of theaters combined with capacity limitations, 27 productions were recorded for META during the 2021-2022 season. The jury then selected 67 candidates and awarded 16 trophies during the ceremony. Winners included:

Outstanding ensemble

Jonathan: A seagull parable — Prince Amponsah, Yousef Kadoura, Julie Tamiko Manning, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, Marilyn Perrault and Lesly Velazquez.

Outstanding Supporting Performance: Independent Production

Jake Cohen: close to normal

Outstanding Supporting Performance: PACT Production

Richard Jutras: From stars in the sky to fish in the sea

Outstanding Lead Performance: Independent Production

Anana Rydvald: The view from the sky

Exceptional lead performance: PACT Production

Daniel Brochu: Every shiny thing

Outstanding Emerging Artist: Performance

Gregory Yves: Pipeline

Exceptional scenography

Jacques Lavoie: All I want for Christmas

Outstanding Costume Design

Sabrina Miller: From stars in the sky to fish in the sea

Outstanding lighting design

Paul Chambers: A room for the living in a time of extinction

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition

Jackie Gallant: Okinum

Outstanding Contribution to Theater

Emlyn vanBruinswaardt (Stage management): heartbeat daydream

Outstanding Emerging Artist – Production

Violette Kay (Composer): From stars in the sky to fish in the sea

Outstanding direction

Audrey-Anne Bouchard: Camille: the story

Exceptional new text

Jimmy Blais: feather gardens

Outstanding Independent Production

The view from the sky: Theater level 4

Outstanding Pact Production

Every shiny thing: Hudson Village Theater and Segal Center for the Performing Arts

Exceptional community service during a pandemic

Quebec Theater Federation

This year, the METAs committee awarded the Quebec Theater Federation special recognition for their significant contribution to the community throughout the pandemic. This special award was appropriately named Outstanding Community Service During a Pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, Montreal’s English theater community has relied on them for weekly updates and information on the latest health and safety restrictions, new grant opportunities or venues. virtual community. This organization allowed us to keep hope that we would be back on stage one day.

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— Antoine Bonaparte