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Ron Reed Receives 2015 Arts and Faith Award from City in Focus

June 29, 2015

We are pleased to congratulate alumnus Ron Reed (DipCS 1982) for receiving the 2015 Arts and Faith Award from City in Focus. Ron Reed is the Artistic Director and Founder of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Reed was selected based on his wide range of accomplishments in the field of theatre, including:

  • completing a Master's of Fine Arts in Acting degree from the California Institute of the Arts
  • receiving nominations for 11 Jessie Awards (for the 2014/15 season), Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award, and Edmonton’s Sterling Award
  • winning the Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award
  • producing a series of over 50 written plays 
  • founding Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre

The 2015 Arts and Faith Award was recognized at an event at the Vancouver Club and included a gift sponsored by Polygon Homes Ltd. This was used to fund the 2015 production of The Whipping Man. The Whipping Man received great praise and eight Jessie Award nominations, winning one of them for Outstanding Lighting Design (to Lauchlin Johnston). The Jessie Awards recognize professional theatre accomplishments in Vancouver, BC. 

“The 2015 Arts and Faith Award was awarded to an outstanding local treasure, Ron Reed,” says Louise Tischhauser, Vice President of City in Focus. “Ron walks nimbly along a tightrope of faith, culture, and artistic endeavour to produce wonderful drama. His passion to produce cutting­ edge theatre in our midst is extraordinary.” 

Reed responded by saying that “the City in Focus Arts and Faith Award played a significant role in helping underwrite Pacific Theatre's production of The Whipping Man, which has been honoured with eight Jessie Richardson Award nominations, including one for 'outstanding production.' The arts explore and nourish the human soul. This award is one more tangible expression of CIF's long legacy of encouraging and supporting the arts in our city.”

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