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Kayla Gordon (left); Mariam Bernstein as Dr. Ruth

The Winnipeg Theatre community will be holding its annual event Monday, November 4, at the West End Cultural Centre, honoring members who have been selected to receive awards.
Among the special award winners is Kayla Gordon, who will receive the Theatre Educator Award.



Kayla has been a Winnipeg based theatre educator and mentor for nearly four decades and an active member of the performing arts community throughout Manitoba. Trained at the University of Winnipeg and Banff Centre, Kayla discovered her passion for the performing arts at a very young age. She achieved her Masters degree in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg and taught drama at the high school level for twelve years. She was also a sought-after instructor at Prairie Theatre Exchange, MTYP, the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg where she taught acting and musical theatre for 18 years.  She has just retired from the Theatre department but still plans to continue directing and producing theatre as well as teaching on a casual basis. 


Kayla is currently the Artistic Director of Winnipeg Studio Theatre. She was the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre for 11 years. Her first WJT project was called “Babas Bagels and Bears”, a children’s touring show that was presented in elementary schools. A second children’s show she developed, produced and directed called “Going Home” was presented in Winnipeg and in Tel Aviv.  She was also the Executive Director for the Association of Jewish Theatre for five years.
Kayla has directed over 60 productions but some of her favourites include “Spring Awakening” (WST), “Altar Boyz” (WST, PTE), “Spelling Bee” (WST), “Hair” (WST, UofW), “Avenue Q” (WST), “The Producers” (MTC Lawyers show), “Kindertransport”, and “Bad Jews” (both for WJT).  She has been called ‘the gate-keeper’ for young artists and is a tireless supporter of the arts.  Students and performers fondly refer to her as ‘Mama K’. 

In the category of nominees for other theatre awards, the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre received several nominations, including: Mariam Bernstein, nominated for lead actress in the WJT production of “Becoming Dr. Ruth”; Beverly Ndukwu, nominated for lead actress in the WJT production of “Intimate Apparel”; and Jenny Burke, nominated for supporting actress in the same play;

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