MONTREAL, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Theatre School of
Canada (NTS) is proud to announce that this year's Gascon-Thomas Award will be distinguished upon stage, film and television actor, and NTS
alumnus, Colm Feore (Acting, 1980), and dramaturge Suzanne Lebeau, recognized internationally as a leader in theatre for young audiences.
The two will address the student body, offering anecdotes and practical
advice, and will receive their awards in the Monument-National's Ludger-Duvernay Theatre at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.
A 1980 graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's Acting
program, Colm Feore built a distinguished Canadian stage career,
performing in over 40 productions during 17 seasons with the
prestigious Stratford Festival. He has played Macbeth in Macbeth and Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano de Bergerac; other roles include Coriolanus, Fagin, Hamlet, Romeo, Richard III,
Iago, Petruchio and Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady). In 2005 he received the St. Clair Bayfield Award for his role of
Cassius opposite Denzel Washington's Brutus in the Broadway revival of Julius Caesar.
Colm Feore's film credits include Clint Eastwood's Changeling, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, one of the highest-grossing Canadian films of all time, for which he
was nominated for a Genie Award, The Perfect Son (Genie nomination), Chicago, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Red Violin (Jutra Award), Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (Genie nomination), and The Trotsky. For television, Colm Feore was Henry Taylor in the series 24 and Pierre-Elliott Trudeau in Trudeau (for which he won the 2002 Monte Carlo Television Festival Award for
Best Actor and the 2002 Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Mini Series).
More recently, the versatile Canadian actor played Cardenale Giuliano
della Rovere in the Emmy-winning The Borgias. He will next be seen in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Amazing Spider-Man Two.
Colm Feore is the 2007 recipient of the NBC Universal Canada Award of
Distinction at the Banff World Television Festival. He was an inductee
for 2013 into the Playback TV and Film Hall of Fame.
Suzanne Lebeau founded Le Carrousel with Gervais Gaudreault in 1975.
Today, this playwright, who taught writing for young audiences in the
French section of the NTS for 13 years, has 27 original plays, three
adaptations, and a number of translations to her credit and is
internationally recognized as a leader in playwriting for young
audiences. She is among the most-performed Quebec playwrights in the
world, with more than 140 productions of her works on all continents.
Her plays have been published in many countries and translated into 20
languages; Une lune entre deux maisons, the first Canadian play written specifically for young children, L'Ogrelet, and Le bruit des os qui craquent, have been translated, respectively, into six, eleven, and seven
Suzanne Lebeau's exceptional contribution to the flourishing of theatre
for young audiences has earned her numerous awards and distinctions,
including the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama in 2009. In
1998, the Assemblée internationale des parlementaires de langue
française made her a Knight of the Order of the Pleiades for her body
of work, and in 2010 the Government of Quebec awarded her the Prix
Athanase-David, the most prestigious lifetime achievement recognition
for Quebec authors. An experienced pedagogue, she acts as a consultant
for young authors in Canada and other countries, contributing to the
emergence of new written works.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE SCHOOL OF CANADA
The NTS is unique: it offers high-level training programs in all aspects
of the theatre arts, in both French and English. Many of its 2,000
graduates are among the country's most active and versatile artists and
designers. The NTS would like to thank the ministries and arts councils
of the different provinces across Canada that contribute to the
financing of the NTS, including the Department of Canadian Heritage.
SOURCE: Ecole nationale de théâtre du Canada
For further information:
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