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Recipient of the 2013 Virginia Cooper Award in Costume Design Announced

Toronto - April 15, 2013 –Costume and set designer, Julie Fox is the 2013 recipient of the $15,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. The award is given annually to professional Canadian costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.

Bas-Reliefs, Chartier Danse, 2006  Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh


Julie Fox is an award winning costume and set designer who, since graduating from the National Theatre School in 1994, has helped to create some of the most challenging and critically acclaimed theatre, opera and dance productions in Toronto and across Canada.

Selected credits include Arigato, Tokyo, The Maids, Blasted, Breakfast (Buddies in Bad Times); Someone Else, Seeds, I, Claudia, The Country (Crow’s Theatre); Civility, The Eco Show, Insomnia (Necessary Angel); The Best Brothers, The Little Years, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (Stratford Festival); Endgame, The Long Valley, A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); The Patient Hour, Faust, The Designated Mourner, The Cryptogram (Tarragon); Cosmonaut (Canadian Stage); Geometry in Venice (Segal Centre); Frozen (Citadel), A Synonym for Love (Volcano / Classical Music Consort), Still Here (adelheid), Shudder (hum dansoundart), and Bas-Reliefs (Chartier Danse).

Julie has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (set design) and has been nominated (for set and costume design) many times. She has taught at Concordia University and The National Theatre School. .

Julie Fox was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisting of theatre professionals Victoria Wallace, Jenna McCutchen, and Ronnie Burkett stated that “Julie is an artist and that her artistry enlivens her costume design. She brings a very 21st century Canadian sensibility to her design.”

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation". Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities. She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and selection process.


For information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

Tel: (416) 969-7413 awalker@arts.on.ca

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s main funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2011-2012, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.8 million.

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario.


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