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Toronto director Richard Rose wins $50K prize

Richard Rose, artistic director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, has won the $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
Richard Rose, artistic director of Tarragon Theatre, has won the $50,000 Walter Carsen prize. (Cylla von Tiedemann/Canada Council)

Richard Rose, artistic director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, has won the $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

He was named winner Tuesday by the Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the annual prize for lifetime achievement. The prize alternates among dance, theatre and music.

Rose was founding artistic director at Necessary Angel theatre company in Toronto for 24 years before joining Tarragon in 2002. He has directed over 30 plays including Forests, Betrayal, Coming Through Slaughter, Another Home Invasion, Scorched, Humble Boy, No Great Mischief, Remnants, Not Wanted on the Voyage and Inexpressible Island.

A four-time Dora award-winner, he is known for bringing new and innovative works to the Toronto stage. He has directed at the Canadian Stage in Toronto, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ont., and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

"Richard Rose encourages us to understand our own plays amidst the repertoire of contemporary works from the world stage," NAC artistic director Peter Hinton, who nominated Rose, said in a statement.

"His work demonstrates an inherent understanding of the theatre’s power to speak to us and transform the way in which we see our world."

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