Sheridan alumni win eight Dora Awards
Sheridan alumni won eight awards, leading the Musical Theatre Division at the 2023 Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards presented at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto on June 27.
Graduates of the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design had received 19 nominations for the Dora Awards, which recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto. The awards, now in their 43rd year, honour the late Dora Mavor Moore — a beloved teacher, director, and champion of the performing arts.
Five of the eight wins this year honoured the work of Sheridan graduates in Bad Hats Theatre's Alice in Wonderland, with Victor Pokinko (Theatre and Drama Studies ’14) getting two awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding New Musical. Tess Benger (Music Theatre ’09), hailed by critics as a “natural fit in the role” of Alice, received the award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role; Matt Pilipiak (Performing Arts Prep ’10) for Outstanding New Musical; and Cameron Carver (Music Theatre '10) for Outstanding Original Choreography.
Hailey Gillis (Theatre and Drama Studies ’13) won two Doras – Outstanding Musical Direction and Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role – for The Shape of Home, and Vanessa Sears (Music Theatre ’15) received the award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for Queen Goneril.
“We are incredibly proud to see our alumni gain recognition for their excellent work,” says Donna Braggins, Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design. “They are an inspiration to our current students, and a testament to the impact Sheridan grads have on Canada’s musical theatre industry.”
Following is the list of Sheridan alumni nominated for the 2023 Dora awards:
Constant Bernard (Music Theatre ’11) - Outstanding Direction for Les Zinspiré.e.s : Dix-joncté.e.s
Dillan Meighan-Chiblow (Music Theatre ’13) - Outstanding Performance by an Individual for Bentboy
Starr Domingue (Music Theatre ’01) - Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for RETOLD
Hailey Gillis (Theatre and Drama Studies ’13) – Outstanding New Musical for The Shape of Home
Brian Kenny (Theatre Arts – Technical Production ’11) - Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for
Daniel Krolik (Theatre and Drama Studies ’00) - Outstanding New Play for Gay for Pay with Blake and Clay
Matt Pilipiak (Performing Arts Prep ’10) - Outstanding performance in a featured role for Alice in Wonderland
Paolo Santalucia (Theatre and Drama Studies ’11) - Outstanding New Play for PRODIGAL
Karen Scora (Theatre and Drama Studies ’19) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble for Bone Cage
Vanessa Sears (Music Theatre ’15) - Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for Alice in Wonderland
Daniel Yeh (Music Theatre ’22) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble for Bentboy
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