Mayor's Arts Award for Theatre

Marcus Youssef and Conor Wylie

2017 recipients

Marcus Youssef


Marcus Youssef's plays – many of which investigate questions of difference and “otherness” – have been performed across North America, Australia and Europe. Youssef is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre. He sat on the City’s Arts and Culture Policy Council for five years, co-chaired the Coalition of Progressive Electors and co-founded the artist-run production studio, PL1422.

He's held international residencies and has served on the faculties of UBC, Concordia and Capilano Universities, where he implemented the country’s first multi-institutional Bachelor of Performing Arts degree. He has worked with many community groups and is currently a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts. Selected awards and nominations: Canada Council Lynch-Staunton Award for Artistic Excellence, Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, Chalmer's Canadian Play Award, Vancouver Critics' Choice Award, a Governor General’s Award nomination and numerous Jessie awards.

Conor Wylie

Emerging artist

Conor Wylie is a queer artist of colour attached to companies A Wake of Vultures and OOOO, and a close collaborator of Hong Kong Exile. He is a Jessie-nominated freelance actor. Most passionate about creating new, formally-experimental and interdisciplinary performance, he spent a year in residence with Theatre Replacement, and has worked closely with other members of the Progress Lab consortium, especially Radix Theatre and The Only Animal.

Wylie’s original works include eatingthegame, a satirical motivational keynote address about affordability and gentrification; Visitors from Far Away to the State Machine, an erotic multimedia space opera; #86, a list of speculative performances about imagination and mourning performed in the Boreal forest; and ALL THE WAY, a haunted interactive game-show. His works have been commissioned by and performed at PuSh, Magnetic North, Summerworks, rEvolver, UNOfest, and FUSE at the VAG. Wylie is a graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

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