Armstrong Playwright's Rent Award
Armstrong Playwright's Rent Award History: A few months before
our production of his play Blue Dragons in June 1996, playwright
Gordon Armstrong died of AIDS related illness. Just 35, he
already had an impressive body of work, with the promise of
more. Origins Theatre Projects has presented this cash award
died, Origins AD asked some of his friends and colleagues
including Dennis Foon and Tom Cone what they about an award
to mark his legacy. The award was funded initially through
the proceeds and support for our production of Blue Dragons.
It was Dennis who was glad to see the production go ahead
even after the death of Gordon, and Tom named the award saying,
Hell, call it the Rent Award, shows how hard it is for
playwrights, especially Gordon, to just make rent.
of rent remains constant, whether you are fighting a tragic
disease, or merely fighting the good fight for funding support,
or just finding coffee money. Born from artists helping artists,
it is an open application based upon merit and need, juried
by our board.
Congratulations to all recipients, including recently:
Denis Simpson (Honourable Mention)
C. E. Gatchalian
Gillian Stevens Guille
wishes to everyone who faces the blank page on the way to
Amount of the Award:
of Directors sets the amount of the award according to our
whole companys funding situation. One year we gave out
4 awards ranging from $50 to 200.00. The feedback from applicants
was to keep the award at one level. But like the Jessies,
we are open to the changing circumstances. In 2001 we gave
two awards, because, while one letter stood out for the jury,
the other letter deserved special mention. We also gave a
book prize in 2002, from Duthies, partially as an excellent
promotion of this fine book of B.C. inspired playwrights:
Playing the Pacific Province.
the award has been set to always be at least 450.00 thanks
in part to a generous donation by Evelynn Armstrong. The donation
marked the tenth year of giving this award. Applause! Applause!
Due to financial challenges for our company, we suspended
the award for one year in 2011.
Theatre Projects is pleased to be able to continue giving
this award for playwrights in this upcoming season.
SCRIPTS AND PROJECTS
Origins Theatre Projects occassionally puts out a call for
project proposals or new scripts for production consideration.
Watch for details. Of feel free to send a letter of interest
via email or regular mail. Thanks.