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DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient

English Theatre Winner
Leah Doz

A 20-year-old acting student from Edmonton, Alberta, Leah Doz will enter her third year towards a certificate in Acting at the National Theatre School of Canada in the fall of 2009.

Leah has acted in productions of the National Arts Centre ( Ottawa , ON ), Citadel Theatre ( Edmonton, Alberta ) and Seacoast Theatre Centre ( West Vancouver , British Columbia ) as well as in the Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts productions. Besides acting, her performance abilities include singing, dance - ballet, modern, jazz and tap and piano. She also creates and writes theatre and composes dance.

Sherry Bie, Artistic Director, English Section at the National Theatre School of Canada, is unreserved in her praise for Leah: "She is focused, generous and daring. Infinitely playful. A true artist! Her maturity and focus give her all the resources to make a seamless and potent transition from school to the professional milieu. Doubtless Leah will be a force to be reckoned with on our stages in years to come."

The Hnatyshyn Foundation jury members, Martin Bragg, Jillian Kieley and Glynis Leyshon, found Leah to be a performer with clarity and subdued strength. "She is emotionally connected to the character she's playing, - her Jamaican accent is impeccable".

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