Queer Emerging Artist Award

The Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award recognizes and encourages the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the theatre while engaging with the community.

This award is made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee.

The recipient of the 2018 Queer Emerging Artist Award is Monica Garrido.

Monica Garrido is a human. Her short films Diferente and the horror-comedy Love You to Death have been part of the Inside Out Film festival . Her first solo show created at Emerging Creator Unit at Buddies in Bad Times The Cunning Linguist won the 2016 Queer Acts Audience Award. She is part of the Latinx Drag King Boiband the Boyband. Monica has had the privilege to be a member of diverse improv troupes such as Bad Dog Feature Players, The LOL Word, The Kweendom and Kinsey Fail. She is currently part of the Write From The Hip program with Nightwood theatre and the 2018 Second City Diversity Fellowship.

We recognize Monica for her outstanding talent as well as her leadership within, and commitment to, the queer and Latinx communities. She brings a refreshing and overtly queer perspective to her work across theatre, film, and improv comedy,” says Buddies Artistic Director Evalyn Parry.

Award recipients are chosen by a panel of adjudicators comprised of the current and former Artistic Directors of the company: Evalyn Parry, Brendan Healy, David Oiye, Sarah Garton Stanley, and Sky Gilbert. The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Read the press release.

Nominations for the 2019 Queer Emerging Artist Award will open in April 2019.


Recipients for this award must:

  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year);
  • Be involved in professional arts community and work as a professional artist in the theatre and/or performance communities;
  • Be recognized as an emerging artist as evidenced by their body of work;*
  • Identify within the queer spectrum;**
  • Reside and work primarily in Canada;
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.


  • The nominee fully meets the eligibility criteria.
  • The value and rigor of the nominee’s body of work.
  • The nominee demonstrates a commitment to further developing their career.
  • Evidence that the nominee’s work enters into a conversation with broader ideas and aesthetics within queer culture.
  • The impact of the nominee’s work on the queer arts community.
*Note: Buddies will use the Canada Council for the Arts criteria to distinguish between emerging and mid-career artists (e.g. up to ten years professional experience).

**Note: For the purpose of this award, Buddies uses queer as a word to encompass the identities of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, or queer.

Nomination Form

Questions? Get in touch with us at industry@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Past Award Recipients

2017 – Izad Etemadi

2016 – Katie Sly

2015 – Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company

2014 – Jordan Tannahill