(photo by Stephen Tracey)
by Wayne Burns
Wayne Burns is a multi award-winning Actor from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He will be graduating from National Theatre School of Canada's Acting program in May 2014. Mr. Burns continues to act in both theatre and film, and has originated roles in new works by artists Paul Ledoux (Merlin, Halifax Theatre for Young People) and David S. Craig (Tough Case, Left Foot First Productions). He was also involved in the first Atlantic Canadian readings of Proud (Michael Healey) and With Bated Breath (Bryden Macdonald), and is the back-to-back recipient of the Theatre Nova Scotia Award for both 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Wayne Burns made his film debut in Jason Buxton's Blackbird, which has gone on to win many awards internationally in such festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Cannes Film Festival. Most recently, Wayne can be seen in Gia Milani's All the Wrong Reasons, which was chosen as an Official Selection for TIFF 2013. The film stars Kevin Zegers, Emily Hampshire, Karine Vanasse and the late Cory Monteith. On the smaller screen Wayne Burns headlined with Hugh Cape in the short film Bone Deep, written by Jessica Marsh and directed by Jeremy Webb. The short film premiered at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival and earned Wayne an ACTRA Maritimes Award Nomination for his performance.
We hunted for other online groups that shared a similar goal and found nothing that targeted all arts students in Montreal.
Alison was introduced to us last semester by working with us on the promotion of our shows at NTS. Her vibrant energy sparked a great working relationship between Erica and I. Erica and Alison had been talking about creating a group where students/artists could be more aware of what is happening in their artistic community. Erica and Alison extended an invitation to me to help in the creation of said group, which at the time was being referred to as M.A.T.S. (Montreal Association of Theatre Students). The three of us discussed who this group would really be for and how we could best get their interest. Although we are theatre students, we did not want the sole focus to be theatre. Montreal is home to so many artistries: photography, dance, cirque, music, film, and so forth. Why not have a place to share all of it? We hunted for other online groups that shared a similar goal and found nothing that targeted all arts students in Montreal.
@ Erica @Erica_R_A.