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Memorial Photo of Keith Ewasiuk A Smiling Middle-Aged White Man Teaching Drama

Keith Ewasiuk
taught drama at École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School for 24 years and was a valued member of the Theatre Alberta Board of Directors from 2010 to his passing on July 8, 2012.

Keith touched the lives and inspired the careers of thousands of drama students and theatre artists across the Edmonton area, Alberta and Canada. He was an active member of the Alberta High School Drama Festival Association, a director in the Edmonton theatre community and spent two seasons as Artistic Director of Walterdale Playhouse (1995/96 and 1996/97). In 2011 Keith and 17 of his students participated in the American High School Theatre Festival, touring a production of Kim Selody’s Suddenly Shakespeare to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

The Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award will be awarded to an Alberta student attending Artstrek 2024 who exemplifies leadership in the LGBTQ2S+ community at their school or in their community. This student does not have to be the president of their school’s Gay/Straight Alliance or a vocal champion for gay rights; sometimes a quiet champion standing up to a bully is the best example of leadership.

It is our hope to honour Mr. E by awarding this to a student who is compassionate and deeply committed to equity and justice for all.

How to Apply

You can either submit your application as a part of the online Artstrek Application Form or you can email your application to (If you choose to email your application, you must still apply to Artstrek in order to be eligible to receive the award.)

Your Submission Must Include

  • a letter of intent outlining your leadership activities in the LGBTQ2S+ community.
  • a letter of reference from a teacher or community member who can attest to your leadership qualities and activities (this letter can be combined with your general Artstrek referral or be sent separately by email).

Financial need is not an eligibility requirement for this award. Applicants for the Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award who are in financial need are encouraged to also apply for an Artstrek scholarship (you can apply for both). 

Please note, unless you apply for an Artstrek scholarship, you will be required to pay the full Artstrek program fee as part of your online application. The recipient of the Keith Ewasiuk Memorial Award will be reimbursed.

All personal information, application information and details disclosed in your application are kept strictly confidential.

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