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The 2021 Tom Hendry Playwriting Awards are going virtual!

Join us for a national celebration of excellence in playwriting. 

Sunday, October 24 at 7pm EDT   |   YouTube

Suggested Dress Code is FORMAL but no one will see you shoes so bunny slippers are acceptable.

Join us for a Red Carpet photo exchange before the event!

You can click the button below to watch the event on YouTube at 7pm EDT TONIGHT!

This event is free and open to the general public.

ASL Interpretation will be provided at the event.


The Awards shortlists have been announced and you can read about the nominees HERE!


Ten awards will be announced this year…

The Playwrights Guild Drama Award, The Chris Tolley & Dharini Woollcombe Comedy Award, The Dan School of Drama & Music Musical Award, The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation’s Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights, The Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award, The RBC Emerging Playwright Award, The Bra d’Or Award, The Lifetime Membership Award, The Honorary Membership Award, and The CASA Award.

The 2021 Tom Hendry Awards Host is…

Carmen Aguirre, Core Artist at Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre and Artistic Associate of New Play Development at The Stratford Festival, is an award-winning theatre artist and author. She has written and co-written over twenty-five plays including the #1 international bestseller, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (winner of CBC Canada Reads 2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. Currently, she is writing an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory Theatre, Fire Never Dies: The Tina Modotti Project for Electric Company, and an adaptation of Linebaugh and Rediker’s The Many-Headed Hydrafor The Stratford Festival’s seed commission program. Her digital piece, Floating Life, commissioned by Stratford, can be viewed on its website. Carmen has over eighty film, television and stage acting credits. Favourites include her award-winning work as Veronica in the Canadian premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherfucker with the Hat and playing the lead role of Daniela in Cecilia Araneda’s stunning independent feature, Intersection. Carmen is a 2020 Siminovitch Prize finalist, Canada’s most prestigious theatre award. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

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