Bestowed annually, the Artistic Director’s Award recognizes a member of the Soulpepper ensemble who has, in the previous year, demonstrated excellence as an artist and as a mentor. The award is underwritten by a cash prize by Donald and Gretchen Ross. Recipients are chosen annually by Soulpepper’s Artistic Director.  In 2012, the Award was increased with an additional contribution from Founding Artistic Director Albert Schultz.

One half of the prize is bestowed directly upon the recipient and the second half is bestowed on an individual or organization of the recipient’s choice.  The recipient may choose to bestow the $4,000 AS a mentor or TO an individual/organization that exemplifies the values of mentorship that the Award recognizes. The recipient will also receive a complimentary week long stay at Valleyview Artist Retreat.


2004 – William Webster
2005 – Patricia Fagan
2006 – Stuart Hughes
2007 – Oliver Dennis
2008 – Michael Hanrahan
2009 – Derek Boyes
2010 – Nancy Palk
2011 – Mike Ross
2012 – Lorenzo Savoini
2013 – Leah Cherniak
2014 – Raquel Duffy
2015 – Gregory Prest
2016 – Diego Matamoros
2017 – Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster