I spent two fantastic summers at Artstrek for Our Town and Who Has Seen the Wind. I am now working in Calgary as an actor (emerging but nonetheless acting). I am what I am thanks to Artstrek
My two summers at Artstrek helped to shape me as a human being. Having come from a smaller town where sports was the way to go in life, it was an eye-opening experience to meet so many people that shared the love of theatre as much as I did. Having once felt like an outcast to being surrounded by so many talented and warm-hearted people was an experience I will look fondly on for so many years. Even to this day I am still pursuing my love of theatre having recently Graduated with my BFA Performance. The friends and bonds I made in my two years at Artstrek are ones that I believe I will have forever; I may not talk to these wonderful individuals everyday, but when I get a chance to see them it is like no time has passed. All the fond memories come flooding back and bring a smile to our faces.
” My greatest memory is…. well I wish I could choose just one. From the amazing instructors and everything I learned to the life long friends, people who attend Artstrek create this amazing bond over such a small period of time. It’s like we all become this big family. We all cry together and support each other through success and failure. My favorite memory is receiving my nickname Gartley which happened through a misunderstanding on my own part in my registration form. This nickname has become relevant to my Artstrek days, as I know I am with a fellow treky when they call me by it.
Thank you Theatre Alberta for creating such an amazing place where a young man could express himself free of judgement and surrounded by love.