Luc Tellier inspires in the jury not only an appreciation for a future viewed through the lens of his energy, kindness and pure achievement, but a refreshed sense of what is possible in the present. A generous community member, a sensitive and thoughtful minder of how to make things better for others, and a fine artist, he best represents the values of why culture matters in a civil society.
– Emerging Artist adjudicators
Luc is a queer theatre actor, director, and educator from Amiskwaciy Waskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton. He’s been seen in over twenty-five professional productions since graduating from MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program in 2014, with companies including the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Tiny Bear Jaws, Kill Your Television, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Freewill Shakespeare.
As an arts educator at the Jubilee Auditorium, Artstrek, YouthRiot YEG, and through his own freelance workshops in schools, he mentors hundreds of students on an annual basis, sharing his understanding of the theatrical process and his belief that the arts are for everyone. Luc constantly seeks opportunities to include, recognize, and celebrate diverse voices, and remove barriers for marginalized communities. He is currently pursuing a certificate in ASL & Deaf Culture Studies to deepen his relationship with the Deaf community.
Luc has previously been recognized with the St. Albert Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist, four Sterling Award nominations for his contributions to Edmonton theatre, and a Sterling Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences.