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Sharon King-Campbell wins 2017 Rhonda Payne Theatre Award


March 6, 2018 (St. John's, NL) – ArtsNL announced that actress Sharon King-Campbell has won the 2017 Rhonda Payne Theatre Award.  The award honours the memory of actor, writer and director Rhonda Payne. It assists women theatre artists in Newfoundland and Labrador who are struggling to achieve their goals as actors or writers and comes with a $500 cash award.

It was awarded Monday, March 5, 2018 at the LSPU Hall following a performance reading of Room for a Pony, written by Andrea Cooper, and dramaturged by Meg Coles as part of the Women’s Work Festival.

Of the acknowledgement, King-Campbell said, “I'm touched and honoured to receive the Rhonda Payne award. I am in marvelous company among the previous winners of this award and it means so much to me to join them as we continue to grow the place for women in our works and in our art form.”

Rhonda Payne established the award by dedicating royalties from the production and publication of her works to a fund to assist women working in the Newfoundland and Labrador theatre community. After her death in 2002, Rhonda’s father, Rod Payne, established the Rhonda Payne Memorial Fund. Donations to the fund can be made at TD Canada Trust, St. John’s Place, 140 Water Street, St. John’s, NL.

“I would like to thank the Rhonda Payne Memorial Fund and ArtsNL for what is, for me, a kick in the pants to keep working to make theatre a welcoming space,” King-Campbell concluded.

The Rhonda Payne Theatre Award is managed by ArtsNL. All female applicants to the Professional Project Grants Program in the theatre category are considered for the annual award. The winner is chosen by the peer assessment committee for theatre during the fall granting session.

“Sharon King-Campbell has extensive credits in theatre that include 15 productions for which she was the director for, 10 performances as a storyteller, and over 40 stage credits,” said Reginald Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “Sharon has branched into playwriting recently, and adds two original titles to her resume as a result; including Give Me Back and her latest work Original which will debut later this year. It is abundantly clear that she’s a hardworking, dedicated professional artist who is wholly committed to her craft, and we’re pleased to extend our congratulations to her as she wins this award.”

Previous winners of the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award are Mary-Lynn Bernard, Willow Kean, Berni Stapleton, Megan Coles, Tara Manual, Lois Brown, Darka Erdelji, Nicole Rousseau, Michelle Rex Bailey, Sara Tilley, Ruth Lawrence, Sherry White, Joan Sullivan and Wendi Smallwood.

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

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