39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards – Hosted by actor Astrid Van Wieren of the Dora Award-winning production of Come From Away, currently on Broadway!

The most hotly anticipated celebration of the Toronto performing arts community takes place Monday, June 25 hosted by Astrid Van Wieren, who is currently starring on Broadway in the Dora Award-winning Canadian musicalCome From Away (La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre/Mirvish Productions and Broadway) as Beulah, the role she originated. She was also in the original North American premiere of Mamma Mia! and the subsequent first U.S. national tour. She co-wrote, co-produced and stars in the Canadian indie feature The River You Step In.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, named for Dora Mavor Moore and presented by TAPA, were founded on December 13, 1978 by a committee convened by Millie Drain. On that date Drain and the other founders, (Ann Antkiw, Ronald Bryden, Bill Glassco, Graham Harley, Leon Major, Sean Mulcahy, Peter Peroff, Heinar Piller, Susan Rubes, Pat Stewart and Sylvia Tucker), decided to institute an award to recognize outstanding achievements in Toronto theatre.

Today the Doras honour the creators of over 200 theatre, dance and opera productions annually in 48 categories over 6 major Divisions: General Theatre, Independent Theatre, Musical Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Dance and Opera. The awards in each division are voted on by a jury of eight to ten individuals drawn from the professional performing arts community. Each recipient receives a bronze statue cast from an original by Toronto sculptor John Romano.

Toronto’s Theatre, Dance and Opera Awards 

Monday June 25th at the Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto

6:00pm-7:00pm Pre-Show VIP Sponsor Cocktail Reception in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

7:30pm Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show in the Winter Garden Theatre

10:30pm After-Party in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Regular Tickets for Awards Show & After-Party: $90.00 (+HST & Ticketmaster fees)

Student, Senior, Artsworker Tickets for Awards Show & After-Party: $70  (+ HST & Ticketmaster fees)

For tickets , visit the Elgin Theatre Ticketmaster Box Office at 189 Yonge St

or call 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or book here at

$20 After-Party ONLY Tickets can be purchased only onsite at the event beginning at 10:30pm

For $190 VIP Tickets ¬- LIMITED AVAILABILITY – Pre-show VIP Reception, Dora Awards Show, After-Party: email Scott Dermody at scottd@tapa.ca

Written by Diane Flacks, Directed by Edward Roy

Lighting and Production Design by Andrea Lundy, Produced by Jacoba Knaapen

Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)

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