TIFT announces recipient of award named after founding chair

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Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) has named Joe Pagnan as the 2018 recipient of the F Joseph Anderson Award, founded in 2011 to honour the contributions of TIFT’s Founding Chair F Joseph Anderson.
It was designed to celebrate an individual who has provided exceptional impact in furthering the objectives of TIFT. Some of the previous recipients have included Steve Sperling, Aline Revoy, Beth Foster and Ashley Frederick.
“Joe is an outstanding talent who selflessly shaped our productions, mentored both emerging and more senior artists, who either sought his mentorship or benefited from it without asking,” Kathryn Talbot, TIFT chair, is quoted saying.
“We’ve been fortunate to have Joe as our resident designer for over six seasons and he’s been instrumental in the success of numerous influential TIFT productions. We wanted to recognize his contributions with the F Joseph Anderson Award.”
On receiving the award, Pagnan said he thanks the company for trusting in his creative journey.
“I am humbled to have my work featured by the F J  Anderson award, and I hope it opens a discussion for ways companies can support emerging interdisciplinary artists often at odds with their creative identity. Thank you Arkady and Talk Is Free for giving space to  risk.”
Some of Pagnan’s TIFT productions include Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Curious Voyage, Amadeus, Candide, Offline, Darling of the Day, Sunday in the Park With George, Gotcha!, Stop The World, Prince of Hamburg, I Claudia, Vigil, and The Wakowski Brothers.
Pagnan was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, is a three-time Broadway World Award recipient, a Dora Award Nominee, and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and the Young Centre Emerging Artist’s Program, with further training with Universität Weimar. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. More can be found at joepagnan.com.