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posted on 11:11 AM, September 15, 2015
CITT/ICTS President Michael Harris

The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology/Institut canadien des technologies scénographiques recognized individuals and companies with the CITT/ICTS Awards, presented at the awards banquet on Saturday August 22, during CITT/ICTS 25th Rendez-vous 2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, BC. 

These awards are designed to honour individuals and companies from a wide spectrum of the Canadian live performance community. The nomination of candidates for the CITT/ICTS awards is driven directly by the membership with the final selection made by the Awards Committee composed of the CITT Section Representatives, the Vice-President and either the Past President or President-Elect. The awards are handed out annually at the award banquet held during the CITT/ICTS annual’s Rendez-vous. The six CITT/ICTS awards are the following:

CITT/ICTS President Michael Harris, left, with Graham Frampton

The Dieter Penzhorn Memorial Award is awarded to an individual who has provided significant and sustained service to the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology/Institut canadien des technologies scénographiques, while playing an active role in the development of the greater Canadian cultural community. The 2015 award was presented to the Founding Members of CITT, marking the organisation’s 25th anniversary. The Founding Members include: Normand Bouchard, James Carnite, Patricia Christensen, Paul Court, Graham Frampton and Ken Hewitt.

CITT/ICTS President Michael Harris, right, with Phil Silver, centre, and Peter McKinnon, left.
The Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement is awarded to an individual, in recognition of longstanding career achievement in a technical or related discipline within the Canadian live performance industry. The 2015 award was presented to Phil Silver.

Phil has had a remarkable career that has covered many aspects of the live performance industry in Canada. His prodigious resume includes his time as resident designer at the Citadel Theatre, his position as professor, then Department Chair and finally Faculty Dean for York University’s theatre department in the Faculty of Fine Arts, his work as a Theatre Architecture and Design consultant and his over 300 production designs for theatres across the country. Phil has served as a member on a number of Canadian cultural and theatre committees and boards and has won several awards including his induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2008. Any individual aspect of his career, whether as a designer, an educator, an administrator or his service to the theatre community, makes Phil worthy of the Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement.

CITT/ICTS President, Michael Harris, left, with Sharon Secord, accepting the award on Sylvia's behalf.
 The Education Achievement Award is awarded to an individual, in recognition of longstanding career achievement as an educator. This individual is engaged in the teaching of a technical or related discipline, while preparing students for work within the Canadian live performance industry. The 2015 award was presented to Sylvia Defend.

Sylvia has been a teacher at York University for over 20 years. She teaches both basic and moderately advanced pattern drafting, construction and cutting. Until recently, Sylvia also worked as a full-time cutter at Seamless Costumes for Mirvish Productions. This has meant that her experience at the top end of our profession has always fed directly into her teaching. For instance, while she was cutting for both Mirvish’s interpretation of the musical Hairspray and for the Metropolitan Opera, she brought her work to York as demonstration pieces for the students. Whether the students are primarily interested in costume design or costume building, they all benefit from being under her tutelage. Her patient, firm and kindly manner, as well as her treatment of the students as young professionals, has resulted in her being universally adored by all her students. 
CITT/ICTS President Michael Harris, left, with Penny Watier, Chief Operations Officer at AC Lighting
 The Supplier (Corporate) Achievement Award is awarded to an individual, or a corporate entity, which has shown sustained commitment to providing excellent service and/or product(s) to the Canadian cultural industries community. The 2015 award was presented to A.C. Lighting.

A.C. Lighting Inc., a Toronto-based company, is a value added distributor of stage, studio and event lighting accessories and consumables, including Chroma-Q, Jands, LumenRadio, ArKaos and Prolyte. A.C. Lighting has been avid supporter of the CITT/ICTS for many years. They have been part of the CITT/ICTS’s annual trade show for many years, have sponsored numerous CITT/ICTS events and have provided professional development opportunities to CITT/ICTS members with their seminars on LEDs presented by Manager Director Jean-François Canuel. The A.C. Lighting team in Toronto has demonstrated a true and sustained commitment to the CITT/ICTS, its members and the industry at large.

The Technical Merit Award is awarded to a production company or Theatre, or a combination thereof, for outstanding achievement in the use of theatre technology on a specific project or production. The 2015 award was exceptionally presented to Raymond Marius Boucher for Autodafé – Traces – Burning and to the creative team for Shared [private] Space composed of Patrick Du Wors, David Fraser, Wade Staples and Nathan Brown. Both projects were exhibited at the prestigious PQ 2015.
RV2015-RMB.jpgCITT/ICTS National Coordinator Monique Corbeil, left, with Raymond Marius Boucher
Autodafé – Traces – Burning is a plea for the preservation of the scenographic creative process in Quebec. Within the framework of his Master’s thesis at UQAM, Raymond organised a public burning of approximately 30 set maquettes. This burning underlined the precarious situation that Quebec’s scenographic heritage finds itself in, as well as the invisibility of the work involved in this creative process. This exhibit constitutes the inaugural event in a project that will hopefully culminate in a guide outlining methods to better preserve scenographic creations and processes. For more information, please see the following link (in French only) apasq.org/Autodafe-Traces-Burning.asp and video www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-dLbxGq3nU&feature=youtu.be
From left to right: David Fraser (Director of Production & Lighting Designer), Patrick Du Wors (Curator & Exhibit Designer), CITT/ICTS President Michael Harris, Nathan Brown (Design Assistant) and Wade Staples (Sound & Projection Designer)
Shared [private] Space is a celebration of Canadian Scenographic work including set, costume, lighting, sound and projection design. Six productions from across Canada highlighting the broad range of styles and practices exhibited in the work of contemporary Canadian scenographers, were selected by an ADC (Associated Designers of Canada) appointed jury. These productions were then exhibited in six different outhouses, shifting the traditionally shared space of the theatre and scenography into that of a private venue. A seventh, empty, outhouse was also included as an invitation to designers from other countries to mount a performance in the Canadian exhibit. For more information, please see the following link (in English only) fliphtml5.com/exdg/eomc
CITT/ICTS President Michael Harris, left, with Steven Csorba, Project Leader at iHuman Youth Society
The Honorary Membership Award is awarded to an individual or organisation not actively involved in the technical disciplines of the Canadian live performance industry, but who by virtue of their position has contributed significantly to the development of technical disciplines within Canada. This contribution can be seen through the recipient's decision-making, influence, and philosophy within the community or by showing themselves to be a longstanding friend of the Institute. The 2015 award was presented to iHuman Youth Society.

iHuman Youth Society, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization that engages Edmonton’s traumatized youth, who exhibit high-risk lifestyles, to foster positive personal development and social change. They serve approximately 500 youth, aged 15-24, and seek to re-integrate them into the community by developing skills, self-esteem and a sense of worth and ability through mentorship, crisis intervention and targeted arts-based programming. Many of the youth deal with multiple issues that make their lives challenging, including poverty, homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, gang affiliation and familial neglect or abuse. Too often these young people feel no sense of self-worth or that they have nothing to hope for. By involving these youth in arts-based activities, for an average of 3 years, iHuman helps them heal and discover their own identity, and gives constant support and guidance while they transition into independent living and healthy life choices.

For more information about the CITT awards and the list of prior recipients, please visit our website at citt.org/citt_awards.html

Deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 Annual CITT/ICTS Awards is March 31th 2016.

Source and for photos, please contact Sara Muncs, Coordination Assistant at 613 482-1165 or support@citt.org  

Photos: Victor Svenningson.

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