Jocelyn Mah © Cylla von Tiedemann

The Winchester Prize

Through the generosity of Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre awarded The Winchester Prize for the best student dance work presented in the School’s third year Choreographic Workshop. The winning choreographer receiveв a cash award and support to further develop and, with the guidance of a mentor, remount their prize-winning work at the SummerWorks Performance Festival. The Winchester Prize acknowledges and celebrates the School’s commitment to creative development, and enhances awareness of the School’s contribution to the success of a generation of accomplished choreographers. The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent.


The awarding of the Winchester Prize is based on results of the adjudication of the third year Choreographic Workshop by a panel of experts.

The winner of our inaugural Winchester Prize this year is Jocelyn Mah, and she will be mentored in her development process by Susie Burpee.

Comments from the panel about Jocelyn and her work August, Augusta included the following:

There are wonderful images in the work. The piece is very moving, very theatrical, incredibly evocative and meaningful. Jocelyn has a real choreographer’s sense. She has a vision beyond what we see in this piece, and she’s a choreographer worth investing in.

The inaugural Winchester Prize winners are:

1st prize  – Jocelyn Mah

2nd prize – Nicola Adilman

3rd prize – Tylee Jones