Patrick O'Neill Award/ Le prix Patrick O'Neill

The Patrick O’Neill Award is given each year to the best edited collection published in either English or French on a Canadian theatre and performance topic. The award is given in alternate years to a play anthology and an essay collection.

Le prix Patrick O’Neill récompense chaque année le meilleur ouvrage collectif, publié en français ou en anglais, traitant de théâtre ou de performance au Canada. Le prix est décerné en alternance à une anthologie de pièces et à un recueil d’essais.

Deadline: January 2022.

2021 Winner:

The Committee has unanimously decided to give the award this year to Boca del Lupo, an anthology of Plays2Perform@Home. The Boca del Lupo play package is a time capsule of the present moment, not only capturing our society as it grapples with issues of race and identity, but the anthology is tailored to address the limitations of enacting and staging creative work during a pandemic. It is made to be performed at home, with family or as you look over the fence of your backyard and read the roles out with a neighbour or two. The collection of works is quirky, playful, creative and imaginative, which brilliantly crosses the line between theatre and play. The contributions in this anthology are by a diverse group of playwrights, who offer a smart play on characters and unusual situations, some weaving in race relations in a clever but not too obvious way. The topics explored are carefully shaped and framed, where each piece can be seen as an object, as well as a play, as well as a game, all created to address our moment of crisis.

The Committee wished to acknowledge Lighting the Way: an anthology of short plays about the climate crisis by Chantal Bilodeau and Thomas Peterson. Lighting the Way is an accessible, teachable body of work that is suited for a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. The plays address the climate emergency in a way that is playful but also points to the urgency of enacting change through theatre. There is a large and diverse group of contributors to this anthology, from all around the world; all looking at the climate emergency through the same medium, theatre, but from different vantage points. Some contributions explore interesting and compelling subversions of role and power, which help create a shift in perspectives through performance. It is a well-curated set of plays, created and put together by a group of people who share a common goal of seeing an end to the climate emergency.

Committee Members: Yasmine Kandil (Chair); Kim Solga; Yvette Nolan; Nikki Cesare Schotzko; Michelle Macarthur


Past Winners

2020 - Peter Dickinson, C.E. Gatchalian, Kathleen Oliver, and Dalbir Singh. Q2Q: Queer Canadian Theatre and Performance. Playwrights Canada Press, June 2018.

2020 (Runner-up: preferred term of the committee) - Natalie Alvarez, Claudette Lauzon, and Keren Zaiontz, eds. Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 

2019 - Indian Act, ed. Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (Playwrights Canada Press, 2018).

2019 (Honourable Mentions) - Past Lives: Performing Canada’s Histories, ed. Heather Davis-Fisch (Playwrights Canada Press, 2017)  AND  Queer / Play, ed. Moynan King (Playwrights Canada Press, 2017).

2018 - Performance Studies in Canada, ed. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017)

2018 (Honourable Mention)Performing Indigeneity, ed. Ric Knowles and Yvette Nolan (Playwrights Canada Press, 2016)

2017 - Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi, eds. Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2016.

2017 (Honourable Mention) - Dalbir Singh, ed. Performing Back: Post-Colonial Canadian Plays. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2016.

2016 - Jan Selman and Jane Heather. Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed: Are We There Yet. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2015.

2016 (Honourable Mention) - David Dean, Yana Meerzon et Kathryn Prince (eds.), History, Memory, and Performance. Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.

2015 - Natalie Alvarez, ed. Fronteras Vivientes: Eight Latino/a Canadian Plays. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2013.

2014 - Natalie Alvarez, ed. Latina/o: Canadian Theatre and Performance. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2013.

2014 - (Honourable Mention) Roberta Barker and Kim Solga, eds. New Canadian Realisms: New Essays on Canadian Theatre. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2012.

2014 - (Honourable Mention) Judith Rudakoff, ed. TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work. Intellect, 2012.

2013 - Roberta Barker and Kim Solga, eds. New Canadian Realisms: Eight Plays. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2012.

2013 - (Honourable mention) Kamal Al-Solaylee, ed. Tonight at the Tarragon: A Critic's Anthology. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2011.

2013 - (Honourable mention) Dennis Johnson, ed. Grassroots: Original Plays from Ontario Community Theatres. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2011.

2012 - Nina Lee Aquino and Ric Knowles, eds. Asian Canadian Theatre. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2011.

2011 - Louise Forsyth, ed. Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation. Vol III (1997-2009). Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2010.

2011 - (Honourable Mention) André Bourassa, ed. La Trilogie inachevée. Montreal: L’instant scene, 2010.

2011 - (Honourable Mention) Cynthia Zimmerman, ed. Reading Carol Bolt.. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2010.