DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2008 Grant Recipient
English Theatre Winner
A 21-year-old acting student from Regina, Saskatchewan, Kaitlyn Semple completed her third year towards a BFA in Theatre Acting at the University of Regina in the spring of 2008. After graduating from Campbell Collegiate High School in 2005 she also spent one year studying Musical Theatre Performance at Sheridan College in Toronto.
Kaitlyn has acted in productions of the Souris Valley Theatre ( Estevan, Sask. ), Regina Little Theatre and Regina Lyric Light Opera as well as in University of Regina productions. Besides acting, her performance abilities include singing, ballet, modern dance and tap.
Gerald Lenton-Young, Theatre Performance Chair at the University of Regina , is unreserved in his praise for Kaitlyn: "In my thirty years as a professional director and twenty years teaching at university, Kaitlyn Semple is the most passionate, disciplined, dedicated and gifted young actor I ever had the pleasure of working with. There is no question in my mind that she will have a distinguished career on the stage."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation jury members, Perry Schneiderman, Lois Brown and Michael Shamata, found Kaitlyn to be a performer with emotional depth, an excellent sense of text and great stage presence. "She is personally connected to the character she's playing, - makes me feel for her dilemma. She plays for high stakes with passion".