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DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2010 Grant Recipient

French Theatre Winner
Guylaine Jacob

Guylaine Jacob is a 21-year-old student at Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec who will enter her final year of studies this autumn. As a graduate of Collège Lionel-Groulx in Ste-Thérèse studying the stage arts, Ms Jacob assembled an impressive resume of performances in varied roles from costume drama to improvisation, and since commencing studies at the Conservatoire in 2008 has distinguished herself as a versatile and generous collaborator in professional-calibre productions, as well as participating in performing arts events in the community at-large.

In submitting the nomination for The Hnatyshyn Foundation French acting grant, André Jean, Director of Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec identified Guylaine Jacob as “an actress who never cheats or overacts, and is able to find a character’s faults and vulnerabilities. This 21-year-old artist can always flesh out the truth and humanity of her characters, whatever the level of the piece being performed.”

In adjudicating Ms Jacob’s performance submissions, the jury for acting – which included: Claude Guilmain, Co-founder, Théâtre La Tangente, Toronto; Louise Laprade, stage director and actress, Montreal; and Jacques Leblanc, Artistic Director, Théâtre de la Bordée , Quebec - commented, “Her performance in Uncle Vania was complex and full of subtlety, powerful emotion, and dramatic shifts in mood. She delivered her lines with great clarity, and seemed to have it all at her fingertips. Her voice was pleasant and warm, she had perfect diction, and she spoke her lines clearly and plainly. I loved her performance, and found it very moving. I also greatly enjoyed her reading of the poem Un cerf-volant (A Kite).”

 

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