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12th INSPIRATO FESTIVAL, June 1 - 10, 2017

People’s Choice Awards

Audiences voted for their favourite plays in each show. The play with the most votes, in each show, won the People's Choice Award: 

whiteShow: Zootopia by Brian Wallace. Directed by Celeste Bianca. Featuring Justine Christensen and Subhash Santosh.

blackShow: The Chinese Life Force by Michael McGoldrick. Directed by Adam Bonney. Featuring Shawn Lall, VeShone Cunningham and Mark Brombacher (June 9 & 10 shows).

blueShow: Transferring Kyle by Jonathan Cook. Directed by Robynne Harder. Featuring Thom Nyhuus, Evan MacKenzie and Kyrah Harder.

redShow: Rachel by Rick Allden. Directed by Ziad El Khachab. Featuring Elizabeth Adams and Reid Lansky.     

InspiraTO Jury Awards

Selected by the *2017 InspiraTO Jury: 

Best Male Actor: Shawn Lall (as Nat) in The Chinese Life Force by Michael McGoldrick, blackShow. 

Best Female Actor: Roz McArthur Keyes (as Maisie) in Maisie in the Cold by Shannon Murdoch, blackShow. 

Best Direction: Dana Westerberg for Over the Moon by Sophia Chapadjiev, whiteShow

Best Overall Play:  Maisie in the Cold by Shannon Murdoch, blackShow. Directed by Zachary Arndt. Featuring Roz McArthur Keyes and Kimberley Wells.

*Thank you to the 2017 InspiraTO Jury: Neil Silcox, Barbara Larose, Michael Halfin, Josh Downing, Tracey Beltrano and Susan Allen. 



"Over all, inspiraTO is successful in continuing to showcase up-and-coming theatre creators and allowing fresh ideas to come into fruition.”     -Veronica Appia, The Theatre Reader  

“I highly encourage you to get out to see a few of these shows and be treated to a barrage of ideas, emotions, talent, and imagination.”                - Stephen Lubin, Mooney on Theatre

"We had no idea, back in July, when we decided on this year’s theme of ‘Grow Up’, just how relevant the topic would be” says Dominik Loncar, Artistic Director of Theatre InspiraTO, producers of Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival, the InspiraTO Festival.  SEE SHOWS BELOW.  

The InspiraTO Festival, kicks off its 12th season on June 1 and runs til June 10. Each season InspiraTO puts out a call for play submissions based on a theme. For this year's season, the jury reviewed 458 plays submissions. The festival showcases the work of 24 playwrights from around the globe whose plays address what it means to ‘Grow Up.’ 

The plays are grouped into four shows -  six plays per show, 60 minutes per show. Each show, also, has a sub-theme. Experience high-octane theatre!

redShow – Penetrating - plays that highlight an obsession
Twirling by Karen Loseff Lothan
Posthumous Friends by Len Cuthbert
A Complete Set by Jenny Lyn Bader
Memories by John L. Martins III
Rachel by Rick Allden
Santa Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Patrick Gabridge (1st Prize Winner)

blueShow – Transporting - plays that adjust our world of the world 
Immortals by Noah Habenstrei
Number 27 by Becky Tanton
The Lesson by Steven Young
So Lovely Here on Earth by Mary Portser                                                The Great Engine by Reina Hardy
Transferring Kyle by Jonathan Cook

whiteShow – Twisting – plays that disrupt our sense of innocence
It’s Time by Dan Borengasser
A Test of Mettle by Steven R. Bond
Grindrd by J. Joseph Cox
Over the Moon by Sophia Chapadjiev
Zootopia by Brian Wallace
Adulthood Nightmares by Anne Flanagan

blackShow – Confronting: plays that reposition character dynamics
I Love You by Nina Ki
Manchild Psychiatry by Evan Allgood
The Hourglass by Francesca Brugnano
Maise in the Cold by Shannon Murdoch
Mother and Daughter by Scott Carter Cooper
The Chinese Life Force by Michael McGoldrick

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
— C. S. Lewis