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Results Announcement

Deadline Date: January 15, 2021



This is a third-party recommender program. Recommenders are organizations in the arts community authorized by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to receive and assess grant applications. Recommenders are each allocated a budget and decide which applications are awarded grants. They also determine the amount of each grant. OAC reviews grant recommendations to confirm applicant and project eligibility and issues grant payments to recipients. Recommender decisions are authorized by OAC’s CEO.

To safeguard the integrity of the assessment process, artists who have a conflict of interest with a particular recommender are not eligible to apply to that recommender. An artist is in a conflict of interest if they are:

  • an employee or board member of the recommender organization
  • a person who reviews applications for the recommender
  • an immediate family member of those described above
In addition, recommenders must not approve grants that will be paid back to them in any way.

4th Line Theatre, Millbrook
Number of Applications: 54
Total Requested: $168,960
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Auerbach, Rebecca, Toronto, $1,000 
Brown, Madeleine, Toronto, $1,000 
Dixon, Beau, Peterborough, $1,000 
Don't Touch, Waterdown, $1,000 
Jacob, Sistah Lois, Toronto, $1,000 
Meree, Ahmad, Kitchener, $1,000 
Murphy, Megan, Peterborough, $1,000 
Petch, Charlie, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Aluna Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 19
Total Requested: $49,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Carreno, Paula, Burlington, $1,000 
Garrick, Nickeshia, York, $2,000 
Mayers, Janis, Toronto, $1,000 
Rodriguez, Sofia, Toronto, $2,000 
Solis Lozano, Isabela, North York, $1,000 
Villafuerte, Irma, Toronto, $2,000 
 

b current Performing Arts Co., Toronto
Number of Applications: 28
Total Requested: $89,675
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $1,000 
Bain, Beryl, Puslinch, $1,000 
Dennis, Saccha, Mississauga, $2,000 
Lovell, Lana, Toronto, $1,000 
Prudat, PJ, Trent Lakes, $1,000 
Sharmin, Shohana, Toronto, $1,000 
Swaby, Meghan, Toronto, $1,000 
Washburn, Michaela, North Bay, $2,000 
 

Blyth Festival, Blyth
Number of Applications: 48
Total Requested: $164,160
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Brown, Madeleine, Toronto, $1,000 
Crawford, Mark, Stratford, $2,000 
Culbert, Jeff, London, $1,000 
Deiulis, Vince, Toronto, $1,000 
Graham, Taylor, Cambridge, $1,000 
Hunter, Brontae, Kincardine, $1,000 
Mand, Jordi, Toronto, $1,000 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 90
Total Requested: $320,750
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Caldwell, Michael, Toronto, $1,500 
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $1,000 
Evans, Aria, Toronto, $2,000 
Kasiama, Kitoko, Toronto, $1,500 
Lisa, Van, Toronto, $1,500 
Lo, Chase, Toronto, $1,500 
Njo, Kong Kie, Toronto, $2,000 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $1,500 
Proulx, Adam, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,000 
Tarver, Jennifer, Toronto, $1,500 
 

Cahoots Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 89
Total Requested: $294,688
Number of Grants Awarded: 17
Total Recommended: $17,000
 
Recipients
Bain, Beryl, Puslinch, $1,000 
Beneby, Kendra, Toronto, $1,000 
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $1,000 
Das, Sivert, Toronto, $1,000 
Ghaeinizadeh, Armon, Toronto, $1,000 
Gouveia, Aly, Cambridge, $1,000 
Huizi, Ximena, Toronto, $1,000 
James, Asha, Whitby, $1,000 
Lashbrook, Mayumi, Toronto, $1,000 
Mesquita, Yago, York, $1,000 
Mok, Gloria, Mississauga, $1,000 
Paul Watson Productions, Toronto, $1,000 
Seferiades, Brianna, Waterdown, $1,000 
Simpson, Sashoya, Toronto, $1,000 
Wang, Victoria, Toronto, $1,000 
Washburn, Michaela, North Bay, $1,000 
Yankee Princess Collective, Mississauga, $1,000 
 

Canadian Stage, Toronto
Number of Applications: 131
Total Requested: $497,678
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Ambrose, Kanika, Oshawa, $2,000 
Ishii, Hidetaka, Toronto, $3,000 
Njo, Kong Kie, Toronto, $3,000 
Yaghoubi, Mohammad, Toronto, $2,000 
 

Carousel Players, St. Catharines
Number of Applications: 17
Total Requested: $55,160
Number of Grants Awarded: 3
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Emmons, Lisa, Hamilton, $2,000 
Gillis, Hailey, Toronto, $2,000 
Grant, Cameron, Brampton, $2,000 
 

Crow's Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 100
Total Requested: $350,800
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $12,000
 
Recipients
Daniels, Kelly, St. Catharines, $1,800 
Lau, Tabia, Toronto, $3,000 
McGrail, Cullen Elijah, Toronto, $2,500 
Miller, Justin, Toronto, $2,000 
Teodoro, José, Toronto, $2,700 
 

Factory Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 74
Total Requested: $244,780
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Chin, Karthy, Toronto, $1,000 
Dolma, Rinchen, Etobicoke, $1,000 
Farb, Sara, Toronto, $1,000 
Lau, Tabia, Toronto, $2,000 
Lin, Jacob, Aurora, $1,000 
Mesquita, Yago, York, $1,000 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $2,000 
Teodoro, José, Toronto, $2,000 
Woolley, Chelsea, Toronto, $2,000 
 

fu-GEN Theatre Company, Toronto
Number of Applications: 44
Total Requested: $160,888
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Coren, Lucy, Toronto, $1,000 
Leung, April, Toronto, $1,000 
Mok, Gloria, Mississauga, $1,000 
Pang, Franco, Richmond Hill, $1,000 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $2,000 
Reybod, Sepehr, Toronto, $1,000 
Yeung, Norman, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa
Number of Applications: 25
Total Requested: $95,850
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Fejzic, Sanita, Ottawa, $2,900 
Menon, Radha S., Hamilton, $1,300 
Moodie, Andrew, Toronto, $2,900 
Wong, Kat, Ottawa, $2,900 
 

Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 64
Total Requested: $225,868
Number of Grants Awarded: 3
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Oliveira, River, Toronto, $2,000 
Saawan Theatre, North York, $1,500 
Woolley, Chelsea, Toronto, $1,500 
 

MT Space, Waterloo
Number of Applications: 73
Total Requested: $235,943
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Kovac, Viktorija, Waterloo, $1,000 
Leung, April, Toronto, $1,000 
McHugh, Kathleen Kamo, Kitchener, $1,000 
Mercury, Sam, Kitchener, $1,000 
Meree, Ahmad, Kitchener, $1,000 
Spence, Vanessa, Brampton, $1,000 
Stewart, Marcel, St. Catharines, $1,000 
Windatt, Clayton, Sturgeon Falls, $1,000 
 

Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto
Number of Applications: 27
Total Requested: $71,200
Number of Grants Awarded: 13
Total Recommended: $13,000
 
Recipients
Barnes, Herbie, Toronto, $1,000 
Caribou, Brefny, Toronto, $1,000 
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $1,000 
Dolma, Rinchen, Etobicoke, $1,000 
Evans, Aria, Toronto, $1,000 
Mayers, Janis, Toronto, $1,000 
Moodie, Andrew, Toronto, $1,000 
Murrin, Jennifer, Toronto, $1,000 
Prudat, PJ, Trent Lakes, $1,000 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,000 
Spencer, Rhoma, Toronto, $1,000 
Unsettled Scores, London, $1,000 
Windatt, Clayton, Sturgeon Falls, $1,000 
 

Nightswimming, Toronto
Number of Applications: 69
Total Requested: $233,430
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $13,000
 
Recipients
Berto, T., Guelph, $2,500 
Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Toronto, $2,500 
Caldwell, Michael, Toronto, $2,000 
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $1,000 
Diaz-Varela, Camila, Toronto, $2,000 
Lalama, Breton, Toronto, $1,000 
Swaby, Meghan, Toronto, $1,000 
Wilmot, Alten, Kitchener, $1,000 
 

Nightwood Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 97
Total Requested: $313,710
Number of Grants Awarded: 12
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Calof, Ophira, Toronto, $1,000 
Chatterton, Anna, Hamilton, $2,000 
Dennis, Saccha, Mississauga, $1,000 
Dolma, Rinchen, Etobicoke, $1,000 
Dow, Sophie, Toronto, $1,000 
Grosz, Claren, Toronto, $1,000 
Lauzon, Jani, Toronto, $2,000 
Lederer, Julia, Toronto, $1,000 
Lo, Chase, Toronto, $1,000 
Mand, Jordi, Toronto, $2,000 
Oliveira, River, Toronto, $1,000 
Spencer, Rhoma, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Obsidian Theatre Company Inc., Toronto
Number of Applications: 40
Total Requested: $138,025
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $17,000
 
Recipients
Amo-Adem, Akosua, Scarborough, $2,500 
Café-Fébrissy, Katia, Toronto, $3,000 
Dennis, Saccha, Mississauga, $2,000 
Mercury, Sam, Kitchener, $2,150 
Spence, Vanessa, Brampton, $2,100 
Stewart, Marcel, St. Catharines, $2,250 
Woods, Anne-Marie, Toronto, $3,000 
 

Ottawa Fringe Festival, Ottawa
Number of Applications: 12
Total Requested: $43,020
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Carty, Megan, Kinburn, $2,000 
MacDonald, Kel, Ottawa, $1,500 
Oryschak, Breanne, Ottawa, $1,500 
Spicy Day, Ottawa, $2,500 
Wong, Kat, Ottawa, $1,500 
 

Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Kitchener
Number of Applications: 28
Total Requested: $87,160
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Cullis, Rose, Toronto, $1,000 
Intson, Camille, Dundas, $1,000 
Kenny, Nancy, Toronto, $1,000 
Maybe, Jacob, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,000 
Ostroff, Rebecca, Toronto, $1,000 
Rebecca, Cara, Toronto, $1,000 
Reisman, Molly, Toronto, $1,000 
Spence, Vanessa, Brampton, $1,000 
 

Pleiades Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 29
Total Requested: $99,408
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Cheng, Bessie, Toronto, $1,000 
Flacks, Diane, Toronto, $2,000 
Leung, April, Toronto, $1,000 
Nathoo, Azeem, Scarborough, $1,000 
 

Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Port Stanley
Number of Applications: 15
Total Requested: $37,250
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $1,000 
Crawford, Mark, Stratford, $1,000 
Culbert, Jeff, London, $1,000 
Tilly, Grant, Toronto, $1,000 
Williams, Jamie, St. Catharines, $1,000 
 

Puppetmongers Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 17
Total Requested: $49,900
Number of Grants Awarded: 4
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Hessel, Brock, Toronto, $1,000 
Kovac, Viktorija, Waterloo, $2,000 
Proulx, Adam, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,000 
Scala, Clelia, Kingston, $1,000 
 

Roseneath Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 31
Total Requested: $84,450
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Cheng, Bessie, Toronto, $1,000 
Grant, Cameron, Brampton, $1,000 
McGregor, Hanlon, Toronto, $1,500 
Mercury, Sam, Kitchener, $1,000 
Mulè, Isaac, Kitchener, $1,000 
Nembhard, Cheryl, Pickering, $1,000 
Villaverde, Jennifer, Toronto, $2,500 
 

Soulpepper, Toronto
Number of Applications: 68
Total Requested: $242,930
Number of Grants Awarded: 8
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $1,000 
Dennis, Saccha, Mississauga, $1,000 
Fejzic, Sanita, Ottawa, $1,000 
Ghaeinizadeh, Armon, Toronto, $1,000 
Partou, Ghazal, Toronto, $1,000 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,000 
Teodoro, José, Toronto, $1,000 
Woolley, Chelsea, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Studio 180 Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 89
Total Requested: $288,040
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $1,500 
Café-Fébrissy, Katia, Toronto, $1,000 
Farb, Sara, Toronto, $1,000 
Farsi, Marie, Toronto, $1,500 
Gibian, Rebecca, Toronto, $1,000 
Mok, Gloria, Mississauga, $1,000 
Tessler, Naomi, Toronto, $1,000 
Toal, Caroline, Toronto, $1,500 
Trowbridge, Taylor, Toronto, $1,500 
 

Sudbury Theatre Centre, Sudbury
Number of Applications: 25
Total Requested: $94,580
Number of Grants Awarded: 3
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Brady, Jesse, Sudbury, $1,000 
Branch Collective, Sudbury, $2,000 
Smith, Katherine, Sudbury, $2,000 
 

Suitcase in Point, St. Catharines
Number of Applications: 42
Total Requested: $139,510
Number of Grants Awarded: 3
Total Recommended: $8,000
 
Recipients
Henry, Renisha, Brampton, $3,300 
Rose, Neta, Toronto, $1,200 
Welch, Laura, Hamilton, $3,500 
 

Talk Is Free Theatre, Barrie
Number of Applications: 10
Total Requested: $24,200
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Epstein, Jake, Toronto, $1,000 
Kempson, Rob, Toronto, $1,000 
Long, Evelyn, Toronto, $1,000 
McInnes, Griffin, Toronto, $1,000 
Ross, Steve, Stratford, $1,000 
Wright, Alyssa, Barrie, $1,000 
 

Tangled Art + Disability, Toronto
Number of Applications: 24
Total Requested: $85,400
Number of Grants Awarded: 3
Total Recommended: $9,000
 
Recipients
Calof, Ophira, Toronto, $3,250 
Kasiama, Kitoko, Toronto, $3,250 
Rose, Jessica, Toronto, $2,500 
 

Tarragon Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 135
Total Requested: $487,960
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Blair, Rachel, Toronto, $1,500 
Cairns, Rachel, Toronto, $1,500 
Gibian, Rebecca, Toronto, $1,500 
Guadagni, Nicky, Toronto, $1,500 
Mok, Gloria, Mississauga, $1,500 
Njo, Kong Kie, Toronto, $1,500 
Phan, Julie, Mississauga, $1,500 
Rubess, Banuta, Toronto, $1,500 
Smith, James Dallas, Toronto, $1,500 
Yeung, Norman, Toronto, $1,500 
 

The Musical Stage Company, Toronto
Number of Applications: 43
Total Requested: $165,350
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Dennis, Saccha, Mississauga, $2,000 
Gillis, Hailey, Toronto, $3,500 
Handa, Aruna Antonella, Toronto, $1,000 
Napoli, Rose, Toronto, $2,000 
The Kingdom Collective, Whitby, $1,500 
 

Theatre Direct, Toronto
Number of Applications: 30
Total Requested: $85,520
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $1,500 
Blatt, Hershel, Toronto, $1,000 
Grant, Cameron, Brampton, $2,000 
Kennedy, Rachel, Toronto, $1,500 
McKechnie, Thomas, Toronto, $1,000 
Reisman, Molly, Toronto, $2,000 
Whitney, Abigail, Toronto, $2,000 
 

Theatre Gargantua, Toronto
Number of Applications: 107
Total Requested: $383,373
Number of Grants Awarded: 6
Total Recommended: $6,000
 
Recipients
Kadozuke Kollektif, Toronto, $1,000 
Lalama, Breton, Toronto, $1,000 
MacPherson, Coleen, Toronto, $1,000 
Pope, Carole, Toronto, $1,000 
Washburn, Michaela, North Bay, $1,000 
Wolkstein, Rebekah, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto
Number of Applications: 88
Total Requested: $303,480
Number of Grants Awarded: 12
Total Recommended: $15,000
 
Recipients
Calof, Ophira, Toronto, $1,000 
Coren, Lucy, Toronto, $1,000 
Cutknife, Theresa, Toronto, $1,000 
Das, Sivert, Toronto, $1,000 
Flin Flon Cowboy Collective, Toronto, $1,000 
Geni, Kay, Toronto, $1,000 
Lo, Chase, Toronto, $1,500 
Nautanki Bazaar, Toronto, $1,500 
Persaud, Gaitrie, Mississauga, $2,000 
Petch, Charlie, Toronto, $2,000 
Prudat, PJ, Trent Lakes, $1,000 
Saawan Theatre, North York, $1,000 
 

Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Toronto
Number of Applications: 48
Total Requested: $180,400
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Alvsvaag, Sturla, Toronto, $1,000 
Hovanisian, Vik, Toronto, $1,000 
James, Asha, Whitby, $1,000 
Jayarajan, Neena, Maple, $1,000 
Rose, Jessica, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque
Number of Applications: 13
Total Requested: $48,100
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Crawford, Mark, Stratford, $1,000 
Crossfield, Troy, Pickering, $1,000 
Gauthier, Patrick, Ottawa, $1,000 
Horner, Mariah, Kingston, $1,500 
Kelada-Sedra, Roselyn, St. Catharines, $1,000 
Kimmett, Deborah, Toronto, $1,000 
Matthews, William, Toronto, $1,000 
Osbourne, Sheronna, North York, $1,000 
Wing, Paula, Toronto, $1,500 
 

Toronto Fringe, Toronto
Number of Applications: 96
Total Requested: $357,540
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
5-sided Rectangle, Toronto, $1,000 
Art Thing, Toronto, $1,000 
Bauer, Rebecca, York, $1,000 
Der, Liz, Toronto, $1,000 
Lo, Chase, Toronto, $1,000 
Lost Mail, Toronto, $1,000 
Proulx, Adam, Sault Ste. Marie, $1,000 
Saawan Theatre, North York, $1,000 
Werneburg, Kate, Toronto, $1,000 
Windatt, Clayton, Sturgeon Falls, $1,000 
 

Tottering Biped Theatre, Hamilton
Number of Applications: 20
Total Requested: $69,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 2
Total Recommended: $5,000
 
Recipients
Emmons, Lisa, Hamilton, $1,000 
Yu, Anthony, Toronto, $4,000 
 

Volcano Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 34
Total Requested: $121,500
Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Caldwell, Michael, Toronto, $3,000 
Campbell, Jordan, Toronto, $1,500 
James, Asha, Whitby, $1,500 
Paul Watson Productions, Toronto, $2,000 
Sun, Shel, Toronto, $3,000 
 

Why Not Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 78
Total Requested: $280,388
Number of Grants Awarded: 9
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Coren, Lucy, Toronto, $1,000 
Jones, Erin, Toronto, $1,000 
Lauzon, Jani, Toronto, $1,000 
marathe, sanskruti, Brampton, $1,000 
Playground Productions, Toronto, $2,000 
Stewart, Marcel, St. Catharines, $1,000 
Thava, Ganesh, Markham, $2,000 
Valderrama, Margarita, Toronto, $1,000 
Yankee Princess Collective, Mississauga, $1,000 
 

Workman Arts, Toronto
Number of Applications: 44
Total Requested: $160,360
Number of Grants Awarded: 10
Total Recommended: $10,000
 
Recipients
Don't Touch, Waterdown, $1,000 
Ghaeinizadeh, Armon, Toronto, $1,000 
Lovell, Lana, Toronto, $1,000 
Other HeArts, Toronto, $1,000 
Puppets & Shadows Theatre, Kitchener, $1,000 
Rubess, Banuta, Toronto, $1,000 
Schell, Laurel, Toronto, $1,000 
Splett, Esther, Toronto, $1,000 
Toal, Caroline, Toronto, $1,000 
Wilkinson, Robert, Toronto, $1,000 
 

Young People's Theatre, Toronto
Number of Applications: 28
Total Requested: $88,000
Number of Grants Awarded: 7
Total Recommended: $11,000
 
Recipients
Badian, Marie Beath, Toronto, $2,000 
Balkan, Liza, Stratford, $2,000 
Brock, David, Toronto, $1,500 
Geni, Kay, Toronto, $1,500 
Grant, Cameron, Brampton, $1,500 
Matheson, Joe, Toronto, $1,500 
Woods, Anne-Marie, Toronto, $1,000