Celebrating the Sterlings

July 26, 2019 | Arts & Culture


Elizabeth Morris and Luc Tellier (Theatre Arts ’14) in Songs My Mother Never Sung Me produced by Concrete Theatre. Luc received the Sterling for Outstanding Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences for his portrayal of “The Boy.” Photo by Epic Photography Inc.

When we say that MacEwan faculty and alumni are embedded into the very fabric of our city’s cultural landscape, we’re not exaggerating.

Twenty of the 2018/19 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards nominees have ties to MacEwan as grads or faculty within the university’s theatre arts, theatre production, design, music and arts and cultural management programs.

Those who walked away with nods from Edmonton’s theatre community in late June included theatre arts alum Damien Atkins for Outstanding Production of a Play with We Are Not Alone, music alum and faculty member Janice Flower for Outstanding Musical Director of Fun Home, theatre arts alum Vanessa Sabourin for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role – Drama in 19 Weeks, and Luc Tellier for Outstanding Artistic Achievement – Theatre for Young Audiences.

Not only was Luc's experience playing “The Boy” in Songs My Mother Never Sung Me professionally challenging, he says it changed the course of his life.

During the process of beginning to learn ASL (American Sign Language) and working with Deaf artists in the cast, Luc says he learned about the accessibility issues Deaf audiences face in Canadian theatre.

“I’m really interested in helping to bridge that gap, so I’m about to start a year-long ASL/Deaf culture studies program to further my experience and understanding,” he says.



The future in theatre

Join our students for as-close-to-professional-as-you-can-get performances of Pippin, The Crucible and Legally Blonde The Musical in our 2019/20 theatre season.

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