ACTRA Toronto

ACTRA Toronto

February 19, 2010 22:30 ET

ACTRA Awards in Toronto 2010: Announcement of Winners

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - ACTRA Toronto is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 ACTRA Awards in Toronto.

ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Voice
Julie Lemieux, Spliced
 
ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Female
Kathleen Munroe, Flashpoint
 
ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Male
K.C. Collins, Guns

Peter Keleghan presented Colin Mochrie with ACTRA Toronto's 2010 Award of Excellence.

The awards were presented by ACTRA Toronto at The Carlu on February 19, 2010.

"Often our toughest critics are our peers, and yet our peers are also the ones who best understand the amount of work and creativity that goes into creating memorable performances," said Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto. "Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees for their outstanding performances. It is the light we shine on our talented stars that brings a little sparkle into our lives."

JULIE LEMIEUX – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Voice

Julie Lemieux's voice career began in 1992 with the part of Rupert Bear in the animated series Rupert. An ACTRA member for over 20 years, Julie's work includes a wide range of commercials, documentaries and more than 75 animated projects. Julie holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University and an MFA in Theatre Performance from York University. Julie was also nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Voice in 2008.

KATHLEEN MUNROE – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Female

While still in school, Kathleen booked her first role as the lead in the MTV pilot, The New Girl. Kathleen has also made a name for herself in television in North America by starring in several series such as the ABC Family series, Beautiful People as well as the award-winning series, Durham County. Kathleen will next be seen in the upcoming George A. Romero film, Survival of the Dead. She is currently filming the first season of the dark comedic series Call Me Fitz

K.C. COLLINS – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Male

A graduate of the York University theatre program KC was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2007 for his work on Doomstown. Some of his recent Canadian film and television credits include The Toronto Show, ReGenesis, Billable Hours, The Listener and Young People F--king, which was an Official Selection of 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. K.C. is also active on the stage, having appeared in Faith, Othello and Seven Streams of the River Ota.

COLIN MOCHRIE – ACTRA Toronto's 2010 Award of Excellence winner

Colin Mochrie is Canada's king of improvisation. Mochrie has won two Canadian Comedy Awards, his first in 2001 for his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and another, for writing, in 2003 for his work on the classic Canadian series This Hour Has 22 Minutes. 2003 was also the year Mochrie shared a Gemini award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series with his fellow 22 Minutes cast members. Mochrie is also a familiar face to Canadians for his work on Getting Along Famously, and Blackfly, while some of his upcoming work includes appearances in Made…The Movie and Gravy Train.

Mochrie has a long history of cultural activism, from lobbying Queen's Park for Status of the Artist legislation, to representing ACTRA at pivotal CRTC hearings and speaking out during recent federal elections against government censorship and cuts to the arts. Mochrie was recently elected to the ACTRA Toronto council and continues to give back to the performing community, accepting a seat on the Board of Directors of the Actors' Fund, a charity which seeks to provide emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers recovering from an illness, injury or other drastic economic setbacks.

The Awards Gala evening was hosted by Geri Hall (This Hour Has 22 Minutes). Steve Shehori was the scriptwriter. The awards show featured a performance by with musical performances by The Pocket Co. featuring Don Francks. The ACTRA Awards statuette is by sculptor Adrienne Alison. The annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto recognize outstanding performances by ACTRA Toronto members and celebrate accomplishment and excellence in our industry.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada's 21,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven organization that continues to secure the rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

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