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Former Beardsley Award Winner Luke Reece Having Breakout Year

Luke Reece, the 2015 recipient of the Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights is having a breakout year. In a recent Instagram post Luke spoke about his life as a young playwright hitting his stride — despite the pandemic.  Luke has three projects launching this year:

“… NEW: The Toronto Pigeons, my first full audio drama with Factory Theatre, for all you Raptors fans and bird fanatics out there looking to relive the 2019 championship!…

… NEW: Cassius, a reading of a digital piece with Young People’s Theatre. The conversation between a boy and his grandfather about why he came from Barbados to Canada, knowing that his family would have to deal with racism….

And of course, you know by now (OR YOU SHOULD) about Notice …” 

Notice … is Luke’s contribution to the highly regarded Obsidian Theatre project, a co-production with CBC Arts, 21 Black Futures which features 21 playwrights, 21 directors and 21 actors responding to the question, “What is the Future of Blackness?” This anthology series of ‘monodramas’ is currently streaming on CBC Gem.”

First recipient of Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award

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The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award winner Kyle Stewart

Kyle Stewart is the first recipient of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award. A graduate of the fine arts program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, he now lives in Toronto, painting and teaching illustration in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University.

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