ACTRA Toronto Awards: Carolyn Talks With Theresa Tova, President of ACTRA Toronto

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Annual ACTRA Awards - Theresa Tova

On February 22, winners of the 18th Annual ACTRA Toronto Awards were announced during a ceremony at The Carlu, in downtown Toronto. Just before the ceremony commenced, I spoke with Theresa Tova, President of ACTRA Toronto, about the work the organization has been doing, Canada’s place in the film industry and increasing diversity and visibility for Actors of Color.

Annual ACTRA Awards - Tyler Rushton, Carter Hayden, Jean Yoon, Cara Ricketts and Dalmar Abuzeid
Tyler Rushton, Carter Hayden, Jean Yoon, Cara Ricketts and Dalmar Abuzeid

Below is the list of the 2020 award recipients.

Outstanding Performance – Female Voice
Bryn McAuley as Mavis in Hotel Transylvania: The Series, “Portrait of Mavis as a Young Vampire” (Corus Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance – Male Voice
Carter Hayden as Klaus in Hotel Transylvania: The Series, “Freakerheads” (Corus Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance – Female
Cara Ricketts as Mary Handford-Lacroix in Anne with an E, “What Can Stop he Determined Heart” (Northwood Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance – Male
Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian ‘Bash’ Lacroix in Anne with an E, “What Can Stop the Determined Heart” (Northwood Entertainment)

For the second consecutive year, the Members’ Choice Series Ensemble Award went to Schitt’s Creek. Michaela Washburn presented ACTRA Toronto’s 2020 Award of Excellence to Kim’s Convenience’s Jean Yoon. Matt Birman presented the ACTRA Toronto Stunt award to stunt performer Kevin Rushton who passed away last year. Mr. Ruston’s son, Tyler Rushton accepted the award in his father’s honor.

The 18th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto were presented at a live show and gala tonight at The Carlu. DJ Salazar Solomon performed the show together with saxophonist Geoff Bournes and trumpeter Howard Leathers. The show was written by David Gale and Diane Flacks and directed by David Gale.

“We are so proud to shine a spotlight on the work of our homegrown partners from Anne with an E to Hotel Transylvania and Schitt’s Creek while celebrating with our allies and industry partners,” says President Theresa Tova. “Look at what we have accomplished together! We’re looking at the ninth year of sustained growth in our industry. From TV and film to animation and video games, Ontario creators and Ontario performers are making names for themselves around the world.”

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

Annual ACTRA Awards images courtesy of George Pimentel Photography

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