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prophecy fog’s melissa joakim takes home a dora!

July 3, 2021

celebrate our 2020 dora award-winning production, prophecy fog!

On June 29, we came together virtually to recognize exceptional artists and performance work at the 2020 Dora Awards. We were fortunate to receive nominations in a number of categories and we’re thrilled to see Melissa Joakim take home an award for Outstanding Scenic Design for Prophecy Fog. We were lucky to work with Melissa on this show as well as many other productions over the years including Sea Sick. Congratulations to the winners and all involved in the making of this work; this awards season is truly one for the books!

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Melissa Joakim
Outstanding Scenic Design

Melissa Joakim is a lighting and projection designer, scenographer and stage manager in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA Specialized Honours from York University. In addition to winning a Dora for Prophecy Fog, she has been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Outstanding Lighting Design and Scenic Design as well as the Pauline McGibbon Award.

Melissa has toured internationally and across Canada. She is skilled in photography and videography, as well as green screen shooting and editing. She is able to program live video feeds, multiple surface projection mapping, interactive video, and Midi-operation and generation. Melissa plays in post-punk band Processor, ambient group No Colour Blue, and solo compositions under the name Saturn City. She has a strong interest in avant-garde music and literature.

Please join us in giving a huge round of applause for the nominees, winners and teams of each nominated production! We’re fortunate to work with and support such amazing artists at The Theatre Centre and thankful to TAPA and the Dora Awards for recognizing their extraordinary talent.

For the full list of winners, click here.

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Prophecy Fog was co-produced by The Theatre Centre and Paper Canoe Projects in association with Nightswimming Theatre, and initially developed through The Theatre Centre’s Tracy Wright Global Archive.

A new work by award-winning artist, Jani Lauzon, Prophecy Fog begins with a journey into the Mojave Desert in search of Giant Rock, armed with the question: can a site still be sacred if it has been desecrated?

We encounter a girl in the mountains of B.C with a pocket full of stones, the rainbow warrior’s prophecy, and a mysterious inscription that obscures our past.

“We come from the stars, we are star people.”

Created and performed by: Jani Lauzon
Directed by: Franco Boni
Environmental Designer: Melissa Joakim
Dramaturgy: Brian Quirt
Movement Consultant: Julia Aplin