Scholarships & non-festival awards

EODL Scholarship (formerly the Thérèse May Scholarship)
History - Thérèse May was well known and loved not only in our region but across Canada. She devoted sixty years of her life to the theatre, taking part in many festivals, acting in both English and French. She was Chair and Treasurer of the EODL serving on many of its committees, and was also the Honourable Secretary of the Dominion Drama Festival from 1966 to 1968. The EODL Scholarship is to be given to a senior student who shows talent, potential and a willingess to proceed in some aspect of theatrical training. The student should be one who is planning to enter college or university the following school year to further their education in theatre. The student need not belong to an EODL member group, nor be a present participant; however, he/she must have worked in some capacity with one of the EODL member groups. The scholarship is a cheque from EODL for $200.00. The scholarship is awarded annually.

Inaugurated 1969

If anyone wishes to nominate someone for this scholarship, please send your request to the President, Brenda Worsnop

Pat Beharriell CM Scholarship

History - Pat Beharriell was known provincially, nationally and internationally for her work in theatre that earned her the Order of Canada, but her name was Domino Theatre in Kingston. Pat stage managed and/or produced nearly 50 productions for Domino, was a Board member for 46 years and their President for six years. Pat was a long-time member of the Eastern Ontario Drama Leaque and until she passed away, as the EODL archivist who entertained us all with many stories from the EODL archives. The scholarship was inaugurated in 2007. The Patricia Beharriell CM Scholarship is to be given to a senior student who shows talent, potential and a willingness to proceed in some area of the non-performing aspect of theatrical training. The student should be one who is planning to enter college or university the following school year to further their education in theatre. The student need not belong to an EODL member group, nor be a present participan; however, he/she must have worked in some capacity with one of the EODL member groups. This scholarship will be awarded until all monies in the fund are depleted.

If anyone wishes to nominate someone for this scholarship, please send your request to the President, Brenda Worsnop

EODL Award for Outstanding Service

History - This award was originally called the CKLC Trophy and later the Kinnear d'Esterre Award, after the donors at that time. The EODL Award for Outstanding Service is given to an individual whose volunteer work for the organization has shown extraordinary devotion and has spanned many years. It is not necessarily given every year. The Person is chosen by a committee made up of those former recipients who are still active members of EODL. The EODL President will be advised of the nomination except in the case where the President is to be the recipient. The committee purchases an award (a letter opener or something appropriate for engraving) and has it engraved with:

Outstanding Service to EODL
Person's Name Year Funds for the award come from the Foundation Fund revenue. The Award is presented at the beginning of the Festival Awards ceremony at either the One-Act or the Spring Play Festival.

Theatre Ontario Michael Spence Award

History - Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre is presented annually to an individual for his/her outstanding contribution to community theatre in his/her region over a sustained time. NOTE: The award will be presented to an individual in the region that is hosting that year's Theatre Ontario Festival. Criteria

  • Sustained contribution to community theatre;
  • Generosity of spirit, involvement, and commitment to community theatre that is legendary within his/her region, helping community theatre flourish.

Award

The award was established in 1997 by Theatre Ontario on the occasion of Theatre Ontario's 25th Anniversary. Multiple awards were presented on the quinquennial anniversaries of Theatre Ontario until 2012, when it became a single, annual award.

About Michael Spence

The award is named in honour of Michael Spence, the founding President of Theatre Ontario. Michael was active in community theatre at Hart House Theatre, London Little Theatre, and the University Alumnae Dramatic Club (now known as Alumnae Theatre.) He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Dominion Drama Festival, a past President of Arts Etobicoke, and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of Theatre Ontario. Pursuant to a motion passed at the EODL meeting of November 9, 1996 held in Bancroft, the EODL winner of the Michael Spence Award is offered lifetime complimentary tickets (for two) to all performances at the EODL One-Act Festival and EODL Spring Play Festival (this does not include the brunch, just the plays).

Updated:  27 March 2015