2016 Emerging Artist Award Recipient


Photo: 2016 Nicole Leal EAA Award winner with Craig Scott, Chair

The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that the third Emerging Artist Award goes to Nicole Leal of Red Deer. Leal is a talented actor, director and Assistant Artistic Director for Tree House Youth Theatre.

Ms. Leal graduated from Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation program in 2013. However, she volunteered with Central Alberta Theatre in 2008 doing makeup and hair. In 2010, she took a New York 5 week intensive acting for film workshop. Since 2013, she worked as the director for Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program for Teens by Teens and acted for Prime Stock Theatre’s Bard on Bower. Ms. Leal also co-founded the new sketch and improv group, Improv Jelly here in Red Deer.

The jury was delighted with Ms. Leal’s work and passion for the arts and her commitment to Red Deer. They were encouraged by her maturity, zest for life, and the high quality of her work. They loved the fact that she continues to give back to the community by teaching through her performances and involvement with Tree House Youth Theatre. One of Ms. Leal’s goals is to search out not-for-profit management training. That goal will help her broaden her ability to influence the arts in Red Deer and be an asset to the entire community. The jury believes that Ms. Leal will be a strong female voice on a path in leadership.

The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award, a new award announced in March of 2014, consists of $1,000.00 and a certificate. The award supports and encourages promising Red Deer artists early in their careers.