Siminovitch Prize shortlists 5 directors for $100K theatre award

​Five directors are in the running for this year's $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, increased from the usual four due to the 'high quality of nominations.'

$100K prize includes winner choosing a protégé to receive $25K

​Five directors are in the running for this year's $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, increased from the usual four due to the 'high quality of nominations,' according to organizers. The 2016 contenders are, from left, Nadia Ross, Ravi Jain, Jonathan Christenson, Christian Lapointe and Ross Manson. (National Arts Centre)

​Five directors are in the running for this year's $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

Edmonton's Jonathan Christenson, Toronto's Ravi Jain and Ross Manson, Christian Lapointe of Quebec City and Nadia Ross of Wakefied, Que., are on the short list, which was increased from four to five this year due to the "high quality of nominations."

"The jury found the work of these five shortlisted directors breathtaking," jury chairman Bob White said Monday in a release.

"These are bold visionaries who are shaping the future of theatre now in creating experiences that are challenging, transformative and magical."

The prize, Canada's largest in theatre, will be awarded Oct. 28 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Created in 2001 in honour of scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, the prize recognizes a body of work in theatre design, direction and playwriting in three-year cycles.

Recipients of the prize choose a protégé to whom they award $25,000 of the total prize money.

The 2016 jury includes White, Micheline Chevrier, Linda Gaboriau, Mieko Ouchi and Sarah Garton Stanley.