DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient
French Theatre Winner
Danièle Gagné-Belley, a 21-year-old theatre acting student from Quebec, was born in Moncton, new Brunswick, a graduate of the École secondaire de Rochebelle in Sainte-Foy. She is currently studying at the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique in Québec City where she will be starting her final year in the three-year acting program in the fall of 2009.
André Jean, Director of the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec, says of Danièle ".All her teachers attended her public performances and other academic evaluation exercises and are in a good position to attest her talent and progress both before an audience and in the rehearsal room. All have noted her great work capacity, her passion and the impressive versatility of an artistic range that continues to grow."
The members of the Hnatyshyn Foundation jury - Michel Dumont, Roland Mahé and Andrei Zaharia - praised Danièle's command of her craft. ".She is an extremely talented candidate. Diction, stage presence, inventiveness, authenticity, honesty, she has it all! Her interpretation is spontaneous, direct, convincing, full of charm; in a word, excellent! A true actress in the making!"