Established Artist Recognition Award Winners 2018

anna sprague

anna sprague is a performance artist, creative facilitator, and faculty member at nscad university.  her art practice is a rigorously intuitive and loosely analytical re-consideration of reaction and response — a creative methodology reliant on the distinctly vague and poetic anamnesis of repetition, movement, visual poetics, and the latent performativity of all things.  in tandem with a provocative use of sculptural materials, bizarre props, and outlandish costumes, her work explores collaborative performance, public intervention, and site-specific installation as a means of critically engaging with site and history. she holds degrees in english literature (mount allison university, sackville, nb) and fine arts (concordia university, montreal, qc) and has a love for lowercase letters and underwhelming coincidences. 


Derek Charke

Derek Charke is a JUNO and three-time ECMA award-winning composer, flutist and professor of composition at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Derek has a catalogue of over 90+ works and has had many high-profile commissions and performances, including several by Canada’s major symphony orchestras as well as an impressive list of other performers and organizations. His music is eclectic, often defying categorization due to wide-ranging influences. Some of his work explores environmental issues and often includes electronics. As a professional flutist he continues to perform as a soloist and new music improviser. He forms one half of the Charke-Cormier Duo and often writes for the flute.


Sara Coffin

Photo by Joshua Sugiyama

Sara Coffin is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance since 2011. She received her MFA in Choreography from Smith College, BFA (Dance) from Simon Fraser University and Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) from Dalhousie University. Coffin has been teaching and creating interdisciplinary contemporary dance work for twenty years. She has taught as adjunct faculty at Smith and Hampshire College in Massachusetts, a visiting artist at Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala City), and a guest artist/lecturer at Holland College (Charlottetown, PEI) and NSCAD (Halifax, NS). With Mocean, she has danced in work by Heidi Strauss, Danièle Desnoyers, and Serge Bennathan. An award-winning choreographer creating 30 dance works, her choreographic work has been presented in many prominent dance festivals across Canada and in the United States. Her research interest includes interdisciplinary collaboration, technology as an extension of the body, contact improvisation, and the poetic junction between vulnerability, resiliency, and courage.