Canadian Actors' Equity Association to honour Bernard Hopkins, Lloy Coutts, Louis-Marie Bournival, Derrick Chua and the Stage West-Equity Emerging Theatre Artist Award winner on November 2nd



    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity)
will honour Bernard Hopkins, Lloy Coutts, Louis-Marie Bournival, and Derrick
Chua on November 2nd in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Once again our Honours
Committee faced the difficult task of selecting award recipients from a talent
pool of so many deserving candidates," said Allan Teichman, Equity President.
Bernard Hopkins (London, Ontario) and Lloy Coutts (posthumous) will both be
presented with Life Membership in Equity in recognition of their distinguished
careers in the performing arts. "Together, Bernard and Lloy exemplify artistic
excellence and the value of mentorship in Canadian theatre," continued
Teichman.
    Bernard Hopkins, former artistic director of the Banff Centre and The
Grand Theatre, is an accomplished performer. "Besides Bernard Hopkins'
individual achievements as an actor and director this talented 'man of the
theatre' is regarded by many in Equity's membership as a valued guide and
teacher," reports Teichman. Lloy Coutts, renowned voice coach, dramaturg,
director and professor, has helped shape many of the classical theatres in
Canada today. Lloy, who recently passed away of Multiple System Atrophy, "will
forever be remembered by the myriad of students she taught in her exceptional
30 year career, and treasured for her wealth of knowledge of classical theatre
and her love of language."
    Louis-Marie Bournival (Vancouver) will receive the prestigious Larry
McCance Award for his outstanding contributions to the Association. He has
been an active member of Equity serving as either an Advisor or Councillor in
British Columbia during his 30 plus years of membership. "Louis-Marie's
dedication to the Association and to 'Theatre Cares Vancouver,' a
volunteer-based organization created to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS
relief, demonstrates his career-long commitment to fostering a sense of caring
community within his profession," praised Allan Teichman.
    Independent theatre producer Derrick Chua is the 2008 recipient of
Honorary Membership in Equity, awarded in recognition of his outstanding
contribution to the performing arts. He is a co-founder and producer of
Studio 180, an ensemble devoted to theatrical storytelling and the collective
theatre experience. Derrick's name is ubiquitous with independent theatre
production in Toronto, and various productions he has worked on over the past
eight years have garnered over 30 Dora nominations. "Derrick's impressive
track record over such a short span has made a dramatic impact on the Toronto
and Canadian theatre scene, and we are proud to now include him in our
membership," said Teichman.
    Additionally the 2008 Stage West - Equity Emerging Theatre Artist Award
winner will be announced on Sunday, November 2nd.

    Equity is the voice of professional artists working in live performance
in English Canada. It is a national artists' association representing more
than 5,500 performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage
managers working in theatre, opera and dance from coast to coast.

    
         Awards Presentation: Sunday, November 2nd, 8:00 - 9:15 p.m.

        The Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston Street, Granville Island,
                               Vancouver B.C.
    





For further information:

For further information: Lynn McQueen, Communications Director, (416)
867-9165 ext. 243, (416) 476-7037(m) after Thursday, October 30,
commdir@caea.com

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