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Rosebud School of the Arts grads honoured

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Left/Top: Emily Cambridge with and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell. Left/Top: Emily Cambridge with and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell. Contributed

Rosebud School of the Arts (RSA) celebrates two recent graduates who were honoured with prestigious awards.

Emily Cambridge and Sarah Robertson graduated from RSA's four year acting program in 2017.
Emily Cambridge is one of ten recipients, selected from 147 applicants, of the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards. The awards are intended “to support and encourage Alberta’s most promising artists at an early stage of their careers.”
The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta presented Cambridge with a medal and a $10,000 prize at a private ceremony in Edmonton on June 1st.
Cambridge, whose stage name is Emily Marisabel, considers it “a blessing to receive this great honour. It was amazing to meet the other artists who received this award and learn about their work in all different art disciplines. The awards ceremony was beautiful and meeting the Lieutenant Governor was so wonderful.”
In 2017 Cambridge graduated from the RSA Mentorship Programme in Acting and entered the RSA Guild. Earlier she attended York University, Toronto for two years where she specialized in Devised Theatre. Her love for producing and directing theatre led to the development of Light in the Dark theatre through which Cambridge shares stories “to illuminate hope and inspire positive action.”
Cambridge’s short-term goal for the company is to bring theatre to young, rural audiences across Alberta, including a series of theatre training camps under the banner Spark of Creation.
On the other end of the country, another RSA graduate received the honour of being named the 2018 recipient of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program. Sarah Robertson will be mentored by Tom Jackson, the renowned actor, musician, humanitarian, and GGPAA 2014 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award Recipient.
Tom Jackson first met Sarah on a tour of Rosebud Theatre in 2017 when Sarah was the designated student to show him around. They stayed in touch and one day Tom Jackson asked Sarah to participate in this rare Mentorship opportunity through the Governor General’s program. The purpose of the program is for past GGPAA recipients to inspire the next generation by offering guidance to talented Canadian artists in mid-career.
“When you encounter Sarah, you encounter a vehicle that transports talent, compassion, and a flame of fury,” Tom Jackson said. “She will command a better world. God only knows what her influence will have on the lives of her audience. I am honoured to provide some fuel to the fire.”
Through her studies at the Mirror Dance Program in Langley, BC and the Mentorship Acting Programme at RSA, Robertson gained extensive experience in stage acting, dance, choreography, writing, singing, visual arts, self-producing, and rapping. Her wide-ranging skills in various artistic disciplines found expression in professional and student shows, and twice she received the LaVerne Erickson Medal in recognition of her unique perspective and vision for connecting people with the arts. Since graduation, Robertson became interested in the role of active play in human development as expressed and facilitated through theatre and the arts.
Paul Muir, RSA’s education director is proud to have been a part of the recipients’ training. “Rosebud School of the Arts is extremely proud of Emily and Sarah,” says Muir. “We believe that these guild members will play an important role in the transformation of culture in Alberta and Canada.”
RSA takes a holistic approach to training theatre artists. While maintaining rigorous classes in acting, movement, voice, and theatre history, RSA also pays attention to the students’ spiritual development. In fact, Muir considers the spiritual as central to training storytellers. “The creative human spirit must be set free to explore its potential. As this transformation happens, there is the potential to transform culture,” says Muir.

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