The Sterling Awards were created in 1987 to celebrate outstanding professional theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are named in honour of Elizabeth Sterling Haynes, director, actress, educator and architect of innumerable theatre programs and schools throughout the province. As renowned western playwright Gwen Pharis Ringwood wrote, Elizabeth was a force, a creative energy unleashed at a time when creativity was suspect and at a place where creativity was often ignored in the hope that it would go away....Her theatre exists in the people whose lives she touched.

We seek to honour the outstanding legacy of Mrs. Haynes every season here in one of Canada’s most vibrant theatre cities. Click around above, check out our updated archives in History, biographies of Mrs. Haynes. Margaret Mooney and Ross Hill as well as our Sterling guidelines and contacts.


Celebrating the Professional Theatre in Edmonton

Top right: the cast of Buddy performs at the 2010 Sterlings

Top to bottom above: Thomas Peacocke gives Patricia Casey her Sterling for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton, 2008

Elizabeth Sterling Haynes

The Mayfield Dinner Theatre (home of the Sterling Gala)

Marianne Copithorne accepts her Sterling for Outstanding Director in 2010

The 26th Annual Sterlings!

Nominees Monday June 3rd!

Gala Monday June 24th!


  1. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Edmonton’s professional theatres and sponsors & the 2013 Sterling Committee are proud to present the 26th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, celebrating the professional theatre in Edmonton.

  1. The nominees for the 26th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards were announced Monday June 3rd, 2013 at The Next Act Pub, 104 Street at 83rd Avenue.

  1. The 26th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards were presented at a fabulous Gala at The Mayfield Dinner Theatre Monday June 24, 2013.

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