Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award

Jesse Lynn Anderson & Stephen Hair
Jesse Lynn Anderson & Stephen Hair


2016 Recipient

It is our pleasure to announce Jesse Lynn Anderson as the 2016 recipient.

Jesse is a graduate from the acting program at the Rosebud School of the Arts. Since graduating, she has appeared in productions with The Shakespeare Company, Vertigo Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Stage West Kids, Birnton Theatricals and Theatre BSMT. Jesse also appeared as Mercy in our production of The Crucible in 2015, and Nell in our Shakespeare by the Bow production of The Comedy of Errors in 2014.

Congratulations Jesse.

The Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award is supported by RBC.


Previous recipients:

2007 – Justin Michael Carriere
2008 – Alexander Arsenault
2009 – Julie Mortensen
2010 – Geoffrey Simon Brown
2011 – Allison Lynch
2012 – Byron Allen
2013 – Geneviève Paré
2014 – Lennette Randall
2015 – Brett Dahl


Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award

This annual award of $2,500, made possible in part by RBC, is designed to assist new actors from the Calgary region in the dawn of their acting careers. Created in 2007, the award honours the distinguished 40+ year career of Calgary actor Stephen Hair, including over 60 appearances on Theatre Calgary’s stage and 23 consecutive years as Ebenezer Scrooge in our annual production of A Christmas Carol.

Candidates for this award must be based in the Calgary area and be a recent graduate from post-secondary studies in performance (typically within 1 to 3 years). The recipient will also have a demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of a professional career as an actor.

Actors may apply for this award to support a broad range of career development opportunities such as, but not limited to: 

  • Personal development courses
  • A specific project involving the artist
  • Funding for auditions
  • Help in taking an out-of-town role
  • Opportunity to understudy
  • Invitation to be mentored by a senior artist
  • Any form of professional development other than postgraduate degrees

Awards will not be considered for production costs, company operating costs, or non-actor related activities. The award is intended to advance the career of actors who have experienced some success and are seeking developmental opportunities to further their careers.