Caroline Bell

2023 Winner

“I am so happy and honoured to receive this award! Growing up as a young artist in New Brunswick, I always thought I would have to leave my foggy, homey, loving community behind to pursue my acting career. But this generous award provides support and opportunity to expand my creative practice to new mediums and base my career here. With the support from the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund and LeBlanc School of Acting, I intend to travel, learn, and represent this gorgeous province in far-off places. But I will always come back home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the jury for selecting my application and to the generous sponsors of this award. I cannot wait to explore more avenues on my artistic journey and share that growth with audiences across the Maritimes on film and stage!” Caroline

Caroline Bell is an actor/creator from Saint John, New Brunswick. After graduating from the conservatory theatre programme at George Brown College in Toronto, Caroline returned home to make art in the 506. She has been fortunate enough to work closely with the Atlantic Repertory Company performing and devising new Canadian works as well as timeless classics with a rotating cohort of nationally awarded directors and talented Atlantic Canadian peers. With ARC, Caroline performed the titular role in Mary’s Wedding touring Southern New Brunswick, making its European premiere in Konstanz, Germany, and culminating in a performance at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France. Caroline has had the pleasure of working, learning, and playing with companies across the province, including devising new bilingual work with Satellite Théâtre, new play development and a holiday show with Theatre New Brunswick, workshops with Solo Chicken, and several productions with the Fundy Fringe Festival including her self written and directed solo show SWING. Most recently, Caroline made her feature film debut in Strike Pictures’ Do I Know You From Somewhere? as Olive, the protagonist caught between two worlds. Her heart is full from how much she has been able to create and play in her home province.

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