The Award Year for the Jessies includes productions produced between May 1 and April 30.  All producers who register shows between these dates will automatically become members of The Jessie Richardson Awards Society.



Jessie-eligible productions must meet the following eligibility criteria:


COMPANIES: at least 51% of the applicable roles (see below) must be engaged under a professional form of contract (for example: CAEA/UDA/FIA) and be receiving the equivalent to the minimum fee of a CAEA Indie 2.2 contract.


COLLECTIVE: all artists must be receiving a share of net box office profits in a production where at least 51% of the applicable roles (see below) are filled by full members of CAEA/ACTRA/UdA/FIA member unions or other professional artistic associations.





Stage Managers

Assistant Stage Managers


Fight Directors

In productions meeting this criteria, all artists are eligible.

Members of a children’s chorus, as defined by the Canadian Theatre Agreement (definition below), do not factor into the Jessies’ 51% eligibility quota. CTA Definition: A “Children’s Chorus” is a group of six (6) or more children in a non-musical production or ten (10) or more children in a musical production, who appear as part of an ensemble, whose part is essentially that of a member of such group or ensemble, and is in no way individual in its character and/or necessary to the continuity of the plot. Children in such a group may speak a few lines, sing or do a dance routine.


In theatre productions which fulfill the Jessies criteria for eligibility and which utilize non-paid artists (e.g. students or community performers), only the professional elements are eligible.


Membership in The Jessie Richardson Awards Society will now automatically occur for a company starting the season they register a production.  One representative of the company will be able to vote at the meeting. Individual memberships are always available to those who would like to vote.


Shows produced by companies with budgets of up to $300,000 will pay $55 +GST for each show they register in the season. Shows produced by companies with budgets of over $300,000 will pay $110 +GST for each show they register in the season. Productions must be registered at least 21 days prior to the first public performance.


Submit a request in writing to The Jessie Richardson Awards Society, at least 12 months prior to the Jessies, identifying the name and nature of the new award. Include a rationale for the new award and an analysis of the segment of the community it would serve. This submission should be no more than 3 pages in length. Accompany the submission with no fewer than 10 letters of support from theatre community members and leaders. As well, accompany the submission with a petition with no fewer than 100 names of theatre community members who support the creation of the new award. All submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of The Jessie Richardson Awards Society, who will also grant or refuse the request. All awards can be revoked at any time at the discretion of the The Jessie Richardson Awards Society.

2020/2021 Awards Season

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jurying for the 2020-2021 season is on pause. Follow this webpage or our social media channels for further updates. If you have any questions, please contact info@jessieawards.com.