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DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2008 Grant Recipient

French Theatre Winner
Catherine Hughes

Catherine Hughes, a 22-year-old theatre acting student from Val-Morin, Quebec, is a graduate of the École polyvalente des Monts in Sainte-Agathe and the Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse. She is currently studying at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Québec City where she will be starting her final year in the three-year acting program in the fall of 2008.

André Jean, Director of the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec, describes Catherine as "an actress who never cheats ". He adds, "Ms. Hughes has impressed all her teachers with her great sensitivity and with the way she approaches acting. She knows how to find the flaw or vulnerability of every character and always brings truth and humanity to her performance regardless of the kind of role she is undertaking. She is very versatile and can approach any genre with creativity and emotional depth whether it be comedy, clowning, farce, commedia dell'arte, improvisation, classical text or contemporary theatre."

The members of the Hnatyshyn Foundation jury - Daniel Cournoyer, Geneviève Pineault and Marcia Babineau - praised Catherine's command of her craft. "Sensitive, intelligent acting full of subtlety. She fully understands the scene and what is at stake as well as the emotional arc of her character. Great stage presence and emotional responsiveness to the other actors. Her performance is authentic, personal, imaginative and technically solid."

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