BEST DIRECTOR OF THE CLASSICS
JOSEPH ZIEGLER For decades Joseph Ziegler’s proven himself a skilled actor, but in recent years he’s blossomed as a director. Whether working with George Brown students on Love’s Labour’s Lost, at the Shaw Festival in this season’s Major Barbara or at the helm of Soulpepper’s Hamlet, Ziegler reveals his clear understanding of the text and his ability to deliver a work’s emotional truths. His acting hasn’t been put in mothballs either – witness his neatly contrasted roles as the ethereal ghost and the comic gravedigger in Hamlet, and his Dora-nominated turn as the drunken, pugnacious but ultimately cowardly paterfamilias in A Whistle In The Dark.
KAREN HINES Who can make us laugh and give us uncomfortable goosebumps at the same time? Easy: Karen Hines’s vivid, self-centred, kewpie-doll clown Pochsy, who bemoans tragic world events while contributing to them. Remember the Third World kid she sponsored, whose name she couldn’t pronounce, and her short-lived regret that she’d forgotten to send the cheque on time? Sharpening her skills by directing that masterful dark clown duo Mump and Smoot, Hines has also proven her talents out of whiteface, as a skilled actor (Angels In America, The Newsroom, Swollen Tongues) and playwright (Hello... Hello).