After 20 years, the organizing committee of the Brickenden Awards has decided to wind down the annual awards. In her announcement message, Brickenden chair Jane Hanbuch says “the time has come for a new generation of thespians to decide how to best promote, celebrate, and recognize the theatre community here in London.”
With less live theatre being performed during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic the group had presented only the two non-performance-related awards (Best Original Script and the Chris Doty Award) for the 2020-2021 season. The awards had been hoped to resume in January 2024 after a full season of adjudications.
The Brickenden Awards were conceived in the summer of 2002 by Chris Doty, and announced later that year. Doty chose the first set of awards “to goad the actors, directors and writers into exploring new types of scripts and improving the fundamentals of their craft”; with the assistance of Theatre in London.ca founders Jeff Culbert and Sean Wilson, members of the public were also able to participate in some of the choices. From 2003 to 2008 the awards were selected solely by adjudication panels, with public input for most awards returning in 2009.
A complete history of the early awards is available at brickenden.org, as well as lists of nominees and winners.
Theatre in London.ca thanks all of those who were involved with, supported, and attended the Brickenden Awards over their 20-year history.