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Promotional photo for 'M.I.L.F.' courtesy of Théâtre du Trillium.

Griffin and Simard win 2018 Prix Rideau Awards for outstanding direction

By Greggory Clark on September 16, 2018



Paul Griffin and Pierre Antoine Lafon Simard have won the 2018 Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Direction (Mise en scène de l’année).

The prizes were awarded by the Prix Rideau Awards jury tonight in Ottawa at a gala co-hosted by Sébastien Lajoie and Laura Hall. Nominees include the best of anglophone and francophone theatre performed in Ottawa during the 2017–2018 season.

L to R: Director Paul Griffin and actors Matt Hertendy, Megan Carty. Photo courtesy of Cart Before The Horse Theatre Company.

Griffin directed Matt Hertendy and Megan Carty in the local premiere of Lungs by Duncan Macmillan (2018 Ottawa Fringe Festival). The show earned Hertendy a Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance and Carty was recognized with a nomination as well. Playwright/performer Hertendy is no stranger to the jury, which named him the emerging artist of the year in 2016.

In French theatre, Simard directed M.I.L.F. at La Nouvelle Scène. Recently named artistic director of Ottawa’s Théâtre du Trillium, this play was his second time handling the work of playwright Marjolaine Beauchamp. Geneviève Dufour won the award for Interprétation de l’année (performance of the year) for her part in M.I.L.F., a production which nearly swept the francophone category.

The 2018 Prix Rideau Award winners are:

English theatre

Outstanding Production: How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Great Canadian Theatre Company)

Outstanding Direction: Paul Griffin, Lungs (Cart Before the Horse)

Outstanding Female Performance: Lucinda Davis, How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Great Canadian Theatre Company)

L to R: Lucinda Davis, Malube, Samantha Walkes in ‘How Black Mothers Say I Love You’ at GCTC. Photo: Andrew Alexander.

Oustanding Male Performance: Matt Hertendy, Lungs (Cart Before The Horse)

Outstanding Design: 3-way tie between John Doucet, set designer You Are Happy (Great Canadian Theatre Company); AL Connors, sound designer How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Great Canadian Theatre Company); and Andrea Steinwand, set designer The Clean House (Three Sisters Theatre Company)

Outstanding New Creation: Alli Harris, High School High

Emerging Artist: Alli Harris

Behind The Rideau: Flo Alexander, production for 9th Hour Theatre Company

French theatre

Production de l’année : M.I.L.F. (Théâtre du Trillium)

Mise en scène de l’année : Pierre Antoine Lafon Simard, M.I.L.F. (Théâtre du Trillium)

Interprétation de l’année : Tie between Genevève Dufour, M.I.L.F. (Théâtre du Trillium); and Frédérique Thérien, Les muses orphelines (Théâtre de l’Île)

Promotional photo for ‘M.I.L.F.’ courtesy of Théâtre du Trillium.

Conception de l’année : Tie between Julie Christina Piché, Pier Rodier and Manon Doran, set design Mokatek et l’étoile disparue (Vox Théâtre et Productions Ondinnok); and Guillaume Houët, lighting design M.I.L.F. (Théâtre du Trillium)

Prix Découverte : Kiara-Lynn Neï, performerCeci n’est pas une lettre d’adieu (Théâtre la Catapulte)

Prix Derrière le rideau : Martin Cadieux (Théâtre la Catapulte)

Visit for a complete list of nominees.