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Toronto: The Toronto Fringe announces its play contest winners for 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

We are so pleased to announce the winners of the Digital New Play Contest, the Digital Adams Prize for Musical Theatre, and the Digital 24 Hour Play Contest

Each of these winning plays listed below will be presented at the upcoming Digital Toronto Fringe Festival as part of our Fringe Primetime series. 

The dates of the festival are July 21 - 31, 2021.

Further details and information about tickets will be announced soon.

Winner of the Digital New Play Contest

Ngọc Hân Trần 

For the Play

My Korean Canadian Friend

Ngọc Hân Trần is an emerging, new-generation Vietnamese-Canadian female playwright based in Tkaronto. She is a recent graduate of Theatre and East Asian Studies at York University. Writing credits include: COVID Confessions,Fresh Ink, Telling Tales Out of School, The Ashley Plays: Mother Tongue, and was a member of Young Playwright’s Unit at Tarragon Theatre. Other credits: Artrepreneur, Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network & Training (TENT) and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company 2002-2016: Archive Book.

Winner of the Digital Adams Prize for Musical Theatre

Amelia Izmanki

For the Musical

As You Lay Sleeping

Amelia Izmanki is a composer and musician who has been performing classical music for 20 years. Since moving to Toronto in 2014, she’s collaborated with dear friends and fellow artists including Zoe Alexis-Abrams, Eliza Niemi, Jonathan Pappo, Ryan Al-Hage and Emma Cosgrove (and many more!) to bring big, fresh new music into all sorts of DIY performance spaces. Amelia started performing her own compositions more regularly in 2018 and in February 2020, as Ways Lain, she released her first project under Niemi’s label Vain Mina, titled Anyways – a concept piece exploring her experience with classical music, improvisation, theatre, and a fear of talking. Amelia is very excited to take her fascination with experimentation into the musical theatre world and venture into the realm of broken relationships.

Digital Adams Prize Honourable Mentions:
Breaking Up With Me by Joseph Cuinn
Killing Time, A Game Show Musical by Ben Kopp

Winner of the Digital 24 Playwriting Contest 

Natalie Axon

For the Play


Natalie Axon is an emerging playwright as well as a high school physics and drama teacher. She has previously won the Toronto Fringe Festival’s 24 Hour Playwriting Contest in 2017 with A Bird or a Plane and in 2016 with The Keeper of the Words. In 2018, Natalie was awarded honorary mention in the Ottawa Little Theatre’s National One-Act Playwriting Competition.

24 Hour Playwriting Contest Honourable Mentions:
Deliverance by Marley Kajan and Evelyn Long
One Night in Moonbeam by Melanie Gall