Year 2001 News Releases

For Immediate Release


The winner of the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts was announced at a special World Theatre Day event on March 27th in Toronto - Angela Rebeiro, Executive Director of Playwrights Union of Canada.   The award is presented annually to an individual or collective that demonstrates leadership over a long career, a passionate commitment to deepening the scope and broadening the appeal of the arts in Ontario through innovative and practical approaches. Award committee member, Susan Serran (co-winner of the first Tulloch Award with Tim Jones) and Marc Cote (Cormorant Books) presented the award to Rebeiro for her outstanding contribution to theatre, writers, publishing and leadership on many initiatives that she helped to launch such as Word On the Street.

The award honours people in the arts, individuals who go beyond the call of duty and provide leadership within their specific fields and the arts community as a whole,” said Susan Serran. “The award recognizes these individuals who act as catalysts, champions of new initiatives and activists who work energetically behind the scenes to keep the cultural sector vibrant.

"David Caron and I nominated Angela Rebeiro for the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts” said Marc Cote. “Angela Rebeiro is a dedicated and deeply principled arts management professional. Her commitment to Canada, her adopted home, and its arts and culture is unsurpassed."

Angela Rebeiro has worked much of her adult life in the arts. Her first job was with the Ryerson Press, which at the time published the then-new Canadian writers Carol Shields and Alice Munro. After working in marketing at General Publishing with Jack Stoddart Sr., she took on the challenge of setting up the Canadian Book Information Centre and pioneered many marketing initiatives that have enabled Canadian publishers to reach a larger audience. She’s served as the Executive Director of the League of Canadian Poets, Playwrights Union of Canada and the publisher of Playwrights Canada Press. In addition to these positions, Angela has worked as a volunteer on a number of arts boards. She was a founding member of The Word On the Street, the annual book and magazine fair held the last weekend of September; she was on the board of the Toronto Arts Foundation, Arts Week; the Common Agenda Alliance; the Ontario Arts Report; Arts Vote in Toronto; World Theatre Day; the Public Lending Right Commission; and the Literary Press Group. Angela Rebeiro receives the Tulloch Award for her forty years of work, mentorship and volunteerism in the cultural sector.

The Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts was set up by friends and colleagues of Sandra Tulloch upon her retirement as Executive Director of Theatre Ontario. An arts administrator, producer, arts advocate, project leader and community activist, Tulloch has continued to devote an enormous amount of time and energy to the arts throughout the province. Individuals and organizations from a broad spectrum of Ontario’s arts community have contributed to the award – an original design by North Bay artist, Barry Burniston and bronze casting by Craig Meschino of Toronto. The Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts is administered through Theatre Ontario