Lunchbox Theatre Awards and Achievements


Over the past 40 seasons, Lunchbox Theatre has garnered numerous awards and achievements for its productions. Here are a few of them!

1984
Dora Mavor Moore Award: Bartley Bard
    Best Director of a musical for Flanders and Swann, Calgary and             Toronto

1986
Harry and Martha Cohen Award: Betty Gibb
    “Significant and Sustained Contribution to the Theatre in Calgary”

1988
Harry and Martha Cohen Award: Bartley and Margaret Bard
    “Significant and Sustained Contribution to the Theatre in Calgary”

Dads in Bondage” (a Stage One Production)
•    Season Hit 88/89 
•    Commercial runs in Toronto (nominated for a Dora Mayor Award) and Edmonton (nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding New Musical)
•    Summer 90 Tour to Edinburgh Festival Fringe
•    Played at Vancouver Arts Club for the entire spring and summer  of 1991 
•    Toured Southern Ontario in the fall of 1991

1989
First prize, National Playwriting Competition: Clem Martini
    One-act category for Life History of the African Elephant (a Stage One production)

The Life History of the African Elephant” (a Stage One production)
•    Season hit 89/90
•    Went to Edmonton Festival Fringe in 1990, recorded by CBC and aired in October on “Morningside”
•    Playwright received the Alberta Culture Grant and the Canada Culture Grant to write the screenplay for Elephant
•    Part of a double bill, A Couple of Dry Martinis, co-produced with Sunshine Theatre in Kelowna

1990
Fringe First Award: Lunchbox Theatre
    Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award for Dads in Bondage 

1993
The Life History of the African Elephant
    Made into a film by Bartley Bard and Pacific Victory Pictures

Silver Award for First Feature: Bartley Bard
    At Houston International Film Festival for The Life History of the African Elephant – The Film

AMPIA award for Best Actor: David LeReaney
    For role in the film The Life History of the African Elephant

2000
Betty Mitchell Award: Lunchbox Theatre
    For Best Production of a Musical. Calgary professional theatre award for Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story, 1999/2000 season

Betty Mitchell Award: Tim Williams 
    For Best Musical Direction. Calgary professional theatre award for Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story, 1999/2000 season

Big Mama! (a Stage One production)
•    Picked up for productions at The Gateway Theatre in Vancouver (November 2000) and Theatre Network in Edmonton (November 2001)
 

2008
Betty Mitchell Awards: Calgary professional theatre award for With a Twist, 2007-2008 season
    Outstanding Composition: Jonathan Monro. 
    Outstanding Choreography: Laura Krewski
    Outstanding Musical Direction: Jonathan Monro
    Outstanding Production of a Musical: Lunchbox Theatre

2011
Betty Mitchell Awards: 
Calgary professional theatre award for With Bells On, 2010-2011 season
    
Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Comedy Or Musical: Paul Welch

2012
Betty Mitchell Awards: 
Calgary professional theatre award for Jake's Gift, 2011-2012 season
    
Outstanding Performance By An Actress In Drama: Julia Mackey

2013
Betty Mitchell Awards: Calgary professional theatre award for Scarlet Women, 2012-2013 season
    Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Comedy Or Musical: Julie Orton

2014
Betty Mitchell Awards: Calgary professional theatre award for 6.0 How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won, 2013-2014 season
    Outstanding Choreography:  Trevor Schmidt

 

Since 1998, Lunchbox Theatre has received nine Betty Mitchell Awards and has been nominated for over 40.

 


Testimonials 

Lunchbox Theatre's program and philosophy on arts in Calgary is innovative and unique. We had the pleasure of working with Lunchbox to transition their brand as they celebrate 40 years. We saw the passion and expertise behind the members of the Lunchbox team and working with them was a very collaborative experience.
-Kaili Cashin, Post and Beam 
My husband and I saw this wonderful play last Wednesday – kudos to the whole team and Dave Kelly in particular for giving us such a fantastic experience!
-Sheila Clarke, patron who saw Dad, Day 1
Lunchbox Theatre is much more than a vibrant, vital part of Calgary theatre which it has been for four decades.
Given that Lunchbox Theatre nurtures the new works of playwrights from the Maritimes to Victoria, it is also a national treasure.
-Louis Hobson, Columnist for the Calgary Sun
It is important to emphasize that the $5 ticket price for students translates directly in more travel and cultural opportunities for the kids.  I hope many, many Calgary students were also able to see the play due to this low ticket price.  In my opinion Lunchbox Theatre deserves an award for being so socially progressive.
- High School teacher