Montreal English Critics Circle Awards (MECCA) were presented every autumn for the best English-language productions in Montreal. Recipients were chosen by Montreal critics and journalists. The awards were established in 1998 by theatre critics Gaëtan Charlebois and Myron Galloway.
Non-monetary awards were presented in eleven categories: Production, best actor, actress, new play, ensemble cast, productions outside of Montreal, set design, costume design, lighting, and sound.
Since 2006, the awards were presented at a gala. Every year, two additional surprise categories were announced: The Revelation Award, presented to individuals or organizations for their innovative work; and the Myron Galloway Award for Distinction, presented to individuals or organizations for significant contributions to theatre in Montreal.
Among winners were Black Theatre Workshop (Best Ensemble Cast for A Common Man’s Guide to Loving Women by Andrew Moodie (2003), and Best Director for Richard Donat (Wade in the Water by George Elroy Boyd, 2004); Dominic Champagne, François Archambault, René Cyr, Martin Faucher.
Beginning in 2012 and championed by then Quebec Drama Federation director Jane Needles, a movement to have a peer group of judges. actors, technicians, writers, producers was created, and renamed METAs (Montreal English Theatre Awards).
METAs website: https://metas.ca
Last updated 2021-10-12