Toronto, December 15, 2006 – ACTRA Toronto Performers announced today that Wendy Crewson will receive ACTRA Toronto’s 2006 Award of Excellence.
“Wendy Crewson is so deserving of this honour for her ongoing contributions to our film and television industry – both as an award-winning actor and as a star who graciously leads the fight for our culture,” said Karl Pruner, President of ACTRA Toronto Performers. “I’m very pleased that at the ACTRA Awards next February we will pay tribute to Wendy by presenting her with our 2007 ACTRA Award of Excellence.”
Ms. Crewson enjoys a successful career in both Canada and the U.S. She has eight Gemini nominations, four of them wins, and she won a Gemini Humanitarian Award in 2002 for her charitable work for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She has portrayed multiple Canadian newsmakers including Sue Rodriguez (At The End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story), Jane Doe (The Many Trials of One Jane Doe), and Louise Arbour (Hunt for Justice). Selected credits include Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, The Man Who Lost Himself, Sex Traffic and Perfect Pie, Air Force One, 24, all three installments of The Santa Clause, Niagara Motel and Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride. Ms. Crewson recently joined the cast of ReGenesis.
A passionate advocate for Canadian culture, Ms. Crewson has been outspoken in calling for more homegrown dramas on television and increased exposure for Canadian films. She is a key player in ACTRA’s efforts to demand action from politicians and the CRTC to fix the Canadian television drama crisis. She continues to be determined and willing to speak out for Canadian artists.
The annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto recognize outstanding performances by ACTRA Toronto members and celebrate accomplishment and excellence in our industry. Three juried awards will be presented in addition to the Award of Excellence: two ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performance, male and female, and for the first time, an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance, voice. The 2007 ACTRA Awards in Toronto take place on Friday, February 23, 2007, at The Carlu.
ACTRA Toronto Performers is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 13,000 of Canada’s 21,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven organization that continues to secure the rights and respect for the work of professional performers.