McGibbon theatre prize goes to Ottawa-area director Sarah Conn

An alumnus of the innovative STO Union theatre company has won the 2018 Pauline McGibbon Award.

Sarah Conn, who is currently the Artistic Associate with the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, received her prize Monday evening during the ceremony marking the annual Dora Mavor Moore awards ceremony in Toronto. 

Before her job at the NAC, Conn was Artistic Producer with STO Union of Wakefield, Quebec where she was the winner of the 2016 Siminovitch Protégé Prize in Directing. Her colleague Nadia Ross won the Siminovitch theatre prize that year. 

Sarah Conn

Conn’s recent production Trophy has been presented at major festivals in Canada and beyond, including at the Dublin Fringe Festival. She is a graduate of University of Ottawa in Theatre. 

The McGibbon prize, which honours the former Ontario Lieutenant Governor for her support of the arts, was established in 1981. The recipient receives $7,000 and a medal designed by the artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt. It goes to an Ontario-resident professional artist in the early stages of their career. The award is cyclical: the first year of the three-year cycle, the award goes to a designer, the second year to a director, and the third year to a production artist.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.