THE GASCON-THOMAS AWARD

The Gascon-Thomas Award

Created in 1990 by the NTS’s Board of Governors, the award is named in honour of two of the School’s founders: Jean Gascon and Powys Thomas, who are equally among the School’s first great teachers to have made a lasting impression. In the spirit of the School’s co-lingual nature, it is bestowed each year to one Anglophone and one Francophone artist in two categories: Innovation and Career. Those who receive this award have made their mark on today's theatre or who have helped to change tomorrow's theatre.

GASCON-THOMAS RECIPIENTS 2019

Weyni Mengesha

THE GASCON-THOMAS AWARD FOR INNOVATION GIVEN TO WEYNI MENGESHA

Weyni Mengesha is the Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and an award-winning director known for her ground breaking work and community engagement. Weyni is responsible for two of the most popular shows to come out of Canada in the last two decades – Da Kink in my Hair (Mirvish Productions) and Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper). Other recent work has been seen in New York City and Pasadena, garnering her a NAACP nomination for Best Direction. She has also been nominated for the Outstanding Direction Dora Award five times. She has been an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and was Co-Artistic Director and teacher with The Artists Mentoring Youth Project for 7 years. In 2017, Weyni was one of the Women In View “Five in Focus,” and she was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine.



Read Weyni Mengesha's acceptance speech here!

Watch Weyni Mengesha's interview with Yousef Kadoura (Acting 2017)!

Gilles Renaud

THE GASCON-THOMAS AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT GIVEN TO ACTOR GILLES RENAUD (INTERPRÉTATION, 1967)

Gilles Renaud is a key figure in Quebec theatre. An NTS graduate fromthe class of 1967, a professor, head of the Interprétation program, Director of Studies (1984-2001), and member of the School’s Board of Governors from 1992 to 2000, Gilles Renaud made a major contribution to the School’s development and towards Quebec Theater. He has had a rich and diverse career, playing defining roles both in Quebecois theatre (many major plays by Tremblay, Gauvreau, Ducharme, Mouawad), as well as repertory theatre (Brecht, Miller, Ionesco, Genet, and many others). He starred in over 30 television shows and over 50 movies.



Read Gilles Renaud's acceptance speech here!

Watch Gilles Renaud's interview with Valérie Tellos (Interprétation 4) IN FRENCH

Recipients Through the Years

Recipients of the Gascon-Thomas Through the Years

2019

Weyni Mengesha - Innovation Award

Gilles Renaud (Interprétation, 1967) - Lifetime Achievement Award

2018

Martin Faucher and David Fox


2016

Djanet Sears and Monique Miller

2015

Hannah Moscovitch and Olivier Choinière

2014

David Latham and Michel Marc Bouchard

2013

Suzanne Lebeau and Colm Feore

2012

Dominic Champagne and Peter Hinton

2011

Allan Hawco and Claude Poissant

2010

Wajdi Mouawad and Judith Thompson 

2009

Sandra Oh and Paul Buissonneau

       

2008

Sharon Pollock and Monique Mercure

2007

August Schellenberg and Brigitte Haentjens

2006

 Herménégilde Chiasson and Gordon Pinsent

2005

Jackie Maxwell and Janine Sutto

2004

Jean-Louis Roux and Christopher Plummer 

2003

Tomson Highway and Robert Lepage

2002

George F. Walker and André Brassard

2001

Lorraine Pintal and Ann-Marie Macdonald

2000

Kenneth Welsh and Jean-Pierre Ronfard

1999

Christopher Newton and Michel Tremblay

1998

John Murrell and Hélène Falcon

1997

Paul Hébert and R.H Thomson

1996

Diana Leblanc and Jean-Louis Millette

1995

Mavor Moore and Louisette Dussault 

 

1994

Mallory Gilbert and Jean-Claude Germain

 

1993

Neil Munro and Marcel Sabourin

1992

Martha Henry and Michelle Rossignol

     

1991

Herbert Whittaker and Mercedes Palomino

1990

Joy Coghill and Gratien Gélinas

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