John Hirsch Prize


Canadian Council for the Arts


The John Hirsch Prize recognizes new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision.


Nominees must have no more than 10 years of experience as a professional theatre director. They must also be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada. They must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation.

Nominees must confirm their eligibility in the Declaration and in the curriculum vitae (as requested in Part B) detailed chronologically.

An individual may receive this award only once in a lifetime.

Nominators must also be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They must be members of the Canadian professional theatre community.


Two prizes of $6,000 may be awarded, one for each of the English language and French-language theatre communities.

Special Notes

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If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to the mailing address listed on the John Hirsch prize guidelines website by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to by the external deadline.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online, using the application form provided on the John Hirsch prize website by the external deadline. Application criteria may be found in the John Hirsch Prize guidelines webpage. Please also submit an OR-5 and a completed application to by the external deadline. 

For More Information

For more information, contact or contact Lori Knoll (program officer) at Also see the John Hirsch prize website

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