TAPA Announces Gender-Neutral Performance Awards for Dora Mavor Moore Awards
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced a major change to performance categories for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards that will be implemented for next year's 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards in June 2019.
All performance categories for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards beginning with the 2018-19 season will be gender neutral with all binary male and female designations eliminated and replaced with gender-inclusive "Outstanding Performance" categories as applicable.
TAPA strives to be responsive to the changing cultural environment of our times and to the evolving needs of the TAPA membership. Most of the current performance award categories recognize 'Outstanding Performance of a Male / Outstanding Performance of a Female.' During the consultation process by the Dora Review Working Group, this gender-based binary was revealed as an area of great concern as it prevents access to recognition for performers identifying as non-binary or gender non-conforming individuals. Today, we are proud to announce a new gender-neutral policy for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards," said TAPA Board President Régine Cadet at a press conference held on April 25, 2018 making the announcement.
TAPA is a leading arts service organization that represents and advocates for 188 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in Toronto. It produces the annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which celebrate and honour excellence on stage. The Doras are the oldest and largest theatre, dance and opera awards in Canada.
Watched a the video recording of the press announcement, which was Livestreamed via Facebook.