Festival Antigonish is pleased to welcome Matt Lacas as our 2023 RBC Artistic Associate / Artistic Director Intern. Matt Lacas is a multi-disciplinary Indo-Canadian artist from Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) living and working in Tkaronto (Toronto). He is a graduate of both Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program in Montreal and Randolph College for The Performing Arts in Toronto. Since graduating, Matt has had the privilege of performing on stages all across Canada. Selected Credits: Brimful of Asha, Ben Hur, Robin Hood: The Great Escape (FAST), Jungle Book US Tour (Kidoons), Les Moutons (Corpus), Fabulous Lipitones (Miracle Theatre). Matt is also the founder of We Are Here Productions, a theatre company that aims to turn art into tangible aid for those in need worldwide. We Are Here has worked closely with the Hispanic Federation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Women’s Foundation and WaterAid Canada.
No stranger to the Festival Antigonish community, having spent two summers as a performer here in 2019 and 2021, Matt says, “FAST has always felt like a place where I can truly be myself. A place that I’m not afraid to try and fail. I think it’s so incredibly important to have safe and supportive environments, like the one that Andrea and her team at FAST have created, when branching out and learning new skills. I can’t wait to get to Antigonish and to learn from such a variety of creative minds.”
Matt will reside in Antigonish and work with the Festival Antigonish team from January – August 2023. Funded by the RBC Foundation, the program’s objective is to support and promote an artist seeking to bridge the gap from “emerging” to “established”, through dedicated funding and professional supports including mentorship, talent development, artistic resources, new audiences, and opportunities to collaborate with other artists. Matt will work closely with Artistic Director Andrea Boyd to support theatre creation in areas of programming, new play development, artistic outreach, and educational programs. He will be an integral member of the team, supporting the company’s vision to Forge creative pathways that strengthen community, inspire compassion, and spark positive change through professional, live performing arts.
“I am thrilled to welcome Matt to our team” says Andrea Boyd. “Since the first time we worked together in 2019, I have been impressed with Matt’s dedication, diligence, creativity, and his ability to connect. Matt is a source of joy and inspiration for everyone around him, and I cannot wait to have him join our team in this new artistic leadership capacity so we can learn and grow together.”