Anick La Bissonnière wins $100K Siminovitch Prize

Montreal designer Anick La Bissonnière has finally snagged the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, with the trained architect taking the prize on after being a finalist in three times before.

Fourth time's a charm for past nominee

Trained architect Anick La Bissonnière has created close to a hundred designs for theatre on international, Canadian and Montréal stages. After three earlier nominations for the Siminovitch Prize, she has finally won the theatre honour. (Siminovitch Prize)

​Montreal designer Anick La Bissonnière has finally snagged the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

The trained architect, who's worked around the world, won the prize on Sunday after also being a finalist in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

"After three nominations, I think I had unconsciously resolved that my fourth time would end the same way," she said in a statement.

"To be one of the nominees again felt extraordinary. It meant that over the years my whole career has been acknowledged by the Siminovitch jury. To be the recipient is an incredible honour, and an extraordinary gift which offers the possibility of freedom."

'Epic, eye-popping environments'

This year's jury included Bob White, Philip Akin, Gideon Arthurs, Geneviève Blais and Kim Collier. They recognized La Bissonnière for her "extraordinary talent to create epic, eye-popping environments that manage to remain intimate, subtle and totally actor-friendly."

They also praised her "ability to imagine complete, original worlds for the plays she designs and to empower actors to lay bare the human soul."

La Bissonnière receives $75,000 for herself while $25,000 goes to the protege she chose — Marilène Bastien.

Now into its 15th year, the prize recognizes a body of work in design, direction and play writing in three-year cycles.

The other three finalists receive $5,000 apiece.