Jovette-Marchessault Award


January 24 2022



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Created in 2019 and awarded for the third consecutive year, the Jovette-Marchessault Award pays tribute to women who have had an influence on Montréal’s theatre community, whether as directors, designers or writers, to increase the recognition and visibility of women artists’ contribution to Montréal’s theatre scene. This year, it’s the writers’ turn! The recipient will receive a $20,000 grant.

Jovette-Marchessault Award


Who is eligible for this award?

Created in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal and ESPACE GO in collaboration with award development committee members (Nahka Bertrand, Margarita Herrera Dominguez, Gabe Maharjan, Théâtre de l’Affamée, Imago Theatre and the Femmes pour l’Équité en Théâtre movement), the Jovette-Marchessault Award is awarded on a three-year rotation depending on the following artistic functions: director, designer and playwright.

The 2021–2022 call is for women playwrights (for original works, rewrites or artistic adaptations only*).

Note: Translation is not eligible as it is not considered to be a production of an original work, a rewrite or artistic adaptation, approaches that lead to the creation of a brand new dramatic work that may or may not be inspired by an existing text. In all three cases, it is a real appropriation of the work by its creator.

What are the program objectives?
  • recognize women’s contribution to the development of theatre arts and the vitality of Montréal’s theatre scene
  • increase the visibility of women artists
  • highlight the excellence of their work
  • recognize the outstanding potential and contribution of women artists in theatre
  • commend an artistic approach that contributes to the development of theatre practice, whether as a director, designer or playwright
What is the background to this award?

In its 2018–2020 strategic plan, the Conseil des arts de Montréal made achieving a better gender balance a priority, particularly regarding male/female parity in the arts community. The Conseil therefore provided funding to ESPACE GO to establish its Feminist Project in spring 2019, which focuses on the place of women in theatre. During this event, the theatre community emphasized the importance of creating awards to recognize the outstanding work of theatre artists and increase the reach of women artists.

The partners (CAM, ESPACE GO, Imago Théâtre, Théâtre de l’Affamée and artists associated with the F.E.T. movement) collaborated to create this new award and decided to name it in honour of the inspiring creator, Jovette-Marchessault (1938–2012), a Montréal novelist, poet, playwright, painter and sculptor.


What type of assistance is provided?

The recipient of the award receives a $20,000 grant from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.


What are the general eligibility criteria?
  • be a professional theatre artist, regardless of years of experience
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada on the application deadline
  • reside on the Island of Montréal or, if an Indigenous artist, reside not more than 50 km from the Island of Montréal and work on the Island of Montréal
How many applications will be accepted?

Artists may submit only one application per competition, depending on their artistic role and the year of the call. Only one award is presented per year.

Three finalists will be selected and benefit from public visibility. Only one recipient will be chosen from the three finalists.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


How can I submit an application?

The application can be submitted by the artist or someone representing her. The artist or representative must complete the application form. The form must be signed by the artist and, if applicable, her representative.

What information and documents must I include in my application?

For all applications:

  • completed and signed application form
  • the artist’s curriculum vitae
  • two letters of support (750 to 1,000 words each), written and signed by artists or cultural workers, regardless of their artistic function or years of experience. To avoid any conflict of interest, letters may not be written by an employee or Board of Directors member of any of the award partner organizations. Letters should explain to the selection committee members how the applicant meets the award objectives and criteria
  • a letter (1,500 words max.) written and signed by the applicant that presents her artistic approach
  • application support materials (Internet links, video or audio, photographs, texts, etc.) of the applicant’s choice, taking into account the maximum consultation time of 15 minutes. Please indicate whether the submitted material is royalty-free in case you are selected as a finalist.
  • Documents and the form must be sent together in one email, in a zip file, using WeTransfer or Dropbox links. The accepted electronic formats are as follows: PDF, DOC, DOCX Internet, video or audio links that can link to digital platforms such as Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.
  • Applications must only be sent by email to The subject line of the email include “Jovette-Marchessault Award.”

Please comply with the requested maximum number of pages and words for texts, maximum consultation time for support material and specified number of minutes for audio or video presentations.

No unsolicited appendices or documents submitted after the application deadline will be accepted for evaluation.


How are applications evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of professionals representing the diversity of the theatre community (cultural diversity, linguistic communities, generational diversity, diversity of arts practices depending on the year of call). In a spirit of openness to gender diversity and to recognize the contribution of supporters of the feminist movement, a professional artist who identifies as masculine may be invited to join the committee.

What are the evaluation criteria?

Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and originality of the artistic approach. The impact of artists’ artistic works on the development of theatre practice will also be considered. The evaluation committee will pay particular attention to artists from diverse backgrounds.

What is the response time?

The three finalists will be announced in April 2022. The recipient’s name will be released in May 2022.

Participants will be notified of the decision by email. Finalists will be required to provide some communication tools and participate in a special awards ceremony event.


How is the grant paid?

The recipient will receive the $20,000 grant via a single payment from Théâtre ESPACE GO.

Need more information?
Frédéric Côté
Frédéric Côté
Cultural Advisor - Theatre

514 280-3793