DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2006 Grant Recipient
English Theatre Winner
A 22-year-old acting student from Courtenay, B.C., Luke Camilleri has completed his first year at Studio 58, the Theatre Arts Progam of Vancouver's Langara College. He is a graduate of Georges P. Vanier Secondary School located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
Although he had very little theatre experience before beginning his training at Studio 58, Luke has exceeded his teachers' expectations. Kathryn Shaw, Artistic Director of the Theatre Arts Program, describes him as "a very natural young actor who has a superlative vocal instrument, a well-integrated body and true love of the craft." Ms. Shaw feels that he has enormous potential as an actor. "What strikes me most about Luke," she says, "is his emotional transparency, his deep identification with a wide variety of characters, his physical and vocal ease and his ability to play in the moment." The Hnatyshyn Foundation adjudicators who evaluated his audition tape - Jackie Burroughs, Steven Schipper and Ruth Smillie - described Luke as "strong yet vulnerable". They praised his good thinking, his focus and his ability to be engaged in the moment. "This young man understands the connection between text, breath and emotion. He is clearly a talented actor."