The annual “SAM PAYNE” Award and the Sam Payne “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” Award are named in honour of Sam Payne, a well-known, well-loved and consummate actor.
The annual “SAM PAYNE AWARD” has been presented to deserving members of the performing arts community in BC since 1984. This award recognizes UBCP/ACTRA members who demonstrate these qualities ascribed to Sam Payne: humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent. To nominate a UBCP/ACTRA member simply complete the SAM PAYNE AWARD Nomination form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Attention: Deb Ray, UBCP/ACTRA, #300 – 380 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1C8.
The Sam Payne “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” Award recognizes a UBCP/ACTRA member with an outstanding accumulative body of work in recorded media. To nominate a UBCP/ACTRA member simply complete the SAM PAYNE Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form and email it to email@example.com or mail it to Attention: Deb Ray, UBCP/ACTRA, #300 – 380 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1C8.
Nomination forms can also be picked up at the office#300 – 380 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1C8.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT IS Monday, January 30th, 2017
For more information please contact: Deb Ray firstname.lastname@example.org 604-689-0727 ext. 2239
Sam Payne – Biography:
Sam Payne was truly one of the most loved men of the theatre in Canada and infused every aspect of his craft with the warmth of his personality and the professionalism of his training. Much of what is now taken for granted in Canadian theatre was inspired by Sam’s dedication and vision.
Born September 13, 1912 in New Westminster, BC, Sam received his formal training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London England, and performed in BBC productions as well as on stage in London’s West End.
Upon returning to Canada, he participated in the founding of Ottawa’s Canadian Repertory Theatre, the first professional theatre company in the country.
Sam also co-founded Victoria BC’s Old Totem Theatre and served as one of its first Artistic Directors. He subsequently moved to Vancouver and with a number of members from the Old Totem Company founded the Vanguard Summer Theatre in the Denman Auditorium.
Actor, director, adjudicator and producer, Sam Payne’s long career spanned stage, radio and television and included performances in countless CBC radio plays.
Well known in community theatre circles, Sam worked with young budding actors directing productions and teaching up-and-coming performers the true meaning of professionalism and tradition in theatre.