The Canadian Theatre Critics Association (CTCA)

November 03, 2014 06:00 ET

2014 Nathan Cohen Awards for Criticism to Martin Morrow and Deirdre Kelly

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2014) - The Canadian Theatre Critics Association (CTCA) named two veteran freelance theatre critics winners of the 2014 Nathan Cohen Awards for Excellence in Theatre Criticism on Saturday.

The award for Short Category reviews went to Martin Morrow for his piece, "Arcadia: The mathematics of messy human emotions", on the Shaw Festival's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. This is a second Nathan Cohen Award for Morrow, who previously won while serving as critic for the Calgary Herald in 1995.

The award in the Long Category went to Deirdre Kelly for a review of puppets and dance piece Malcolm, created by choreographer James Kudelka. Kelly's "Dancing With Puppets and Pulling the Strings" appeared online in Critics At Large. A first-time Nathan Cohen Award-winner, internationally recognized dance critic, journalist, and author Kelly has written regularly on dance for the Globe and Mail, Dance magazine in New York and the Dance Gazette in London, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet.

"The award recognizes excellence in critical writing about the theatre, in the name of one of Canada's most important and most influential theatre critics, the late Nathan Cohen," said CTCA President Don Rubin. "Theatre criticism today is certainly not disappearing, but it is clearly changing and becoming a significant part of the online world. This award seeks to ensure that expertise in the field continues to be recognized."

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