FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Vancouver – April 12, 2017
Winners of the Sam Payne Awards for 2016 announced by UBCP/ACTRA
Thirty three years after his death, the legacy left by Sam Payne continues to be applauded by the British Columbia acting community. One of Canada’s well loved and respected professional actors, Sam Payne is remembered not only for his contribution to Canadian theatre, film, radio and television, but also for his personal attributes, which included humanity, artistic integrity and encouragement of new talent.
Each year UBCP/ACTRA presents two Sam Payne Awards to BC based performers. The Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person with an outstanding body of work in the performing arts industry. The Sam Payne Award recognizes a performer whose personal characteristics mirror those of Sam Payne.
Mary Black – Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016
Mary Black is an accomplished Canadian theatrical, film and television performer who has beaten the odds in restarting an acting career at the age of sixty, working in an industry renowned for its disproportioned amount of roles between the genders. Her rich film & television career include such credits as “Man of Steel” with Russell Crowe and the blockbuster “Elf” with Will Farrell and James Caan.
She moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 1995, “looking for something new”, and then decided to look into the possibility of acting again, a career she had left behind to raise her children. Her various credits include some thirty-six Films, an ever growing (twenty plus) list of Television Movies and over thirty Television Series such as Da Vinci’s Inquest, iZombie, Zoo, When Calls the Heart and Neil Patrick Harris’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The Sam Payne Committee is thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this esteemed member of UBCP/ACTRA.
Kirk Caouette – Sam Payne Award for 2016
Kirk Caouette is a 20year veteran of the film industry. A multi-award winning Film Maker and Actor, as well as an accomplished Stunt Man, Fight Choreographer, Screenplay Writer, Teacher, and Musician.
Teaching Martial Arts and complex fight choreography since 2012, his Film Fu classes with to up to 75 regular and semi-regular students, many of whom have gone on to fulsome careers as Stunt Performers, working in major roles in Feature Films such as the new Blockbuster Power Rangers and countless other Series and Movies shot in Vancouver. All his time and the proceeds from his classes are donated with the funds going to charities such as the Water Underground Project, suppling clean drinking water for the country of Mozambique and Artists for Peace and Justice. Additional donations provide much needed food and blankets for people living on the streets in the downtown east side.
The Sam Payne Committee recognizes his commitment to humanity and integrity in his generosity and the encouragement of new talent in which the Sam Payne award is named.
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.
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