Theatre BC invites applications for its two annual $1,000 scholarships named for two of Theatre BC's most fondly remembered pioneers who dedicated much of their lives to community theatre in British Columbia. Applicants must have been accepted by a recognized Canadian Theatre School or post-secondary theatre department.
Grade 12 students are also invited to apply, stating the school to which they have applied. Applicants, or their parent(s), must be current members of Theatre BC.
Recipients will be announced at the Annual Provincial Theatre Festival "MAINSTAGE" Awards Ceremony held in July.
To apply for either the Jessie Richardson Scholarship or the Sid Williams Memorial Scholarship please fill out the form below and mail or fax to the Theatre BC Office:
The Mien van Heek Memorial Scholarship
The recipient of this award will be a person pursuing further education in stage craft that is technical or design-related. The person will be entering the senior years of their training to be eligible and must be a Theatre BC member. The first scholarship was awarded in Kamloops at MAINSTAGE 2010.
Mien will be remembered for her work as a writer, director, producer, adjudicator and actor; all on a volunteer basis and all time given willingly.
In honour of this dedicated lady, Theatre BC has established an annual award.
To apply for the award, please fill out the form below and mail or fax to the Theatre BC Office:
Mainstage Scholarships for Secondary School Drama Students
Theatre BC and the Mainstage Host Organizing Committee are pleased to announce a provincial scholarship opportunity for drama students throughout British Columbia. Theatre BC is offering ten Mainstage Student Scholarships to be awarded to selected applicants.
All students considering pursuing theatre in any form following high school are eligible to apply. Each scholarship includes an all-access 9 Day Festival Pass for the Mainstage event. It also includes a full-guided tour of the Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops, 2 "Backstage at Mainstage" professionally led courses (3 hours of instruction) of their choice, a face-to-face meeting with the festival adjudicator, and a ticket to the Final Night Awards Ceremony.
For more information on the scholarship please contact the Theatre BC Office. To apply for the scholarships, please fill out the form below and mail or fax to the Theatre BC Office:
Eric Hamber Award
Theatre BC's most prestigious award is presented on an annual basis, if merited, as a part of the provincial MAINSTAGE Festival awards Ceremony. The Eric Hamber Award is given to a person, group or institution having made an outstanding contribution to community theatre in British Columbia over a long period.
Nominations are reviewed prior to the MAINSTAGE Festival by the Hamber Committee, chaired by one of Theatre BC's Vice-Presidents and comprised of three past Hamber Award recipients or representatives on behalf of a group or institution.
Once a selection has been made, a person close to the recipient is informed and arrangements for presentation at the MAINSTAGE Festival are made.
How to Nominate
To nominate a candidate for this award, please fill out the form below and mail or fax to the Theatre BC Office:
Deadline April 30th. The form should be supplemented by letters of reference and/or documentation supporting reasons why the candidate should receive this award. The Hamber Committee will use only submitted information to make their selection.
The Committee maintains the right to withhold the award should an eligible nominee not, in their opinion, be forthcoming. However, nominations from the past two years may then be re-opened for consideration. You may, therefore, renew your nomination for a person, group or institution you have previously submitted by completing and returning the form.
For a list of past winners of the Eric Hamber Award, follow this link.
As part of Theatre BC's 75th Anniversary Celebrations, the organization instituted an award to honour a Theatre BC member who in the past year has worked toward furthering the Mission Statement of Theatre BC - "To promote and encourage the development of community theatre in British Columbia by providing leadership and opportunities for participation, education and sharing the enjoyment of diverse theatre experiences."
To nominate a worthy candidate, please fill out the form below and mail or fax to the Theatre BC Office:
For a list of past winners of the Diamond Award, follow this link.
Annual Graphics Competition
Theatre BC sponsors this annual "friendly" competition to honour those Member Clubs and their designers whose promotional material has that special quality that can pique the public's curiosity. Submissions are invited throughout your theatre season for public display and adjudication at the annual provincial MAINSTAGE Festival.
Entries are judged by a recognized, local, professional promotional graphics artist.
To enter, please fill out the form below and submit it with your work to the Theatre BC Office:
Zone Recognition Awards
Zone awards may be given at the Zone Festival Annually to a person or Member Club having made an outstanding contribution to the Zone.
For Information, contact your local Zone Chair.