2019 Emerging Artist Award Recipient

The Red Deer Arts Council Emerging Artist Award is awarded to Jason Steele

Jason is a performing artist who works on stage, on screen and has begun to work and create behind the camera recently.He started pursuing the performing arts with a deep passion around 2010. He has performed in theatre, film, commercials, computer games, stand up comedy, improv, and more, and also has credits as producer, director, writer, and editor in the film sphere, too.His next foray is as producer, director, writer for “THE BIN” – a web-series launching tomorrow, June 1st online.Jason works with the HUB on Ross, supporting people with developmental disabilities explore the joys of the performing arts.

“Jason has a gift of play, and positivity.Over the course of the last two and a half years, I have seen Jason grow in his skills as an actor.He takes risks, and always tries new things in rehearsals, but at the same time, he is able to take notes and develop his role in the context of the production.”

Albertus Koett, Playwright, Director, Artistic Director for Tree House Youth Theatre, Actor

ABOUT THE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD: In June 2013, Red Deer hosted the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. A committee of members, including the Red Deer Arts Council provided the leadership and volunteer force to present the Gala. Numerous community events were held in conjunction with the Awards Gala and there was a strong program of arts and culture during the evening.

The Red Deer Arts Council proposed an idea for an Emerging Artist Award as an ongoing use of funds. As this fitted the mandate of the Red Deer Arts Council and the Lieutenant Governor's Distinguished and Emerging Artists Award program, the committee awarded the funds to the Arts Council to create this award, consisting of $1000, a banner for the artist’s personal promotion and a certificate.

The Red Deer Arts Council established this award for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer.

Jason Steele receiving his Emerging Artist Award from Craig Scott and a young assistant.