Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award

Natasha Strickey
Marshall Viele

This annual award of $2,500, is designed to recognize new actors from the Calgary area in the early stages of their acting careers. Created in 2007, the award honours the distinguished 40+ year career of Calgary actor, Stephen Hair, which includes over 60 appearances on the Theatre Calgary stage, plus 25 consecutive years as Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. 

The recipient of this award must be based in the Calgary area and have demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of a professional career as an actor. The award is intended to reward their dedication and encourage their continued passionate pursuit of a life as an actor.

The funds may be used as the artist wishes. The life of an actor comes with many challenges, one of which is monetary. From new headshots to paying the rent, this financial award is the recipient’s to use as they best see fit. 

We acknowledge that we have missed our usual announcement deadline this year, but are thrilled to now announce the 2017 recipient is Natasha Strickey and the 2018 recipient is Marshall Vielle!

The award is determined by a jury which includes Stephen Hair based on the artist’s body of work and their presence in the community. There is no formal application process.

Here’s to a long life in the theatre!

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
2016 - Jesse Lynn Northan (Anderson)