2018 Megan Newton Memorial Award Recipient

Congratulations to Harold Hejazi, recipient of the 2018 Megan Newton Memorial Award.

Harold is a theatre artist from Victoria, BC. While studying Humanities and Art Education at the University of Victoria he began to explore performance through hip hop, theatre improv and social practice art. After graduation, he merged his interest in art education with his passion for performance, creating immersive curatorial experiences. Recently, Harold ’s theatre work has incorporated gaming elements to create participatory performance platforms that allow audiences to explore new ways of connecting and engaging with live art. In Spring 2018 he performed his game Conversational Karaoke in the al-Arroub Palestinian refugee camp with residents of al-Arroub. This game created an encouraging platform for participants to tell their own stories and be heard by a western audience. His current work explores themes of race and marginalization through gamified performance in a variety of modes including LARP, live art animation and live cinema. Harold is currently a student in the Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS) Master’s Programme at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. Learn more about Harold at his website.

Megan Newton Memorial Fund

The Megan Newton Memorial Fund was set up by Meg’s family and colleagues to honour her spirit and resourcefulness through an award for students in theatre.

The award recipient will be registered in a post-secondary program in theatre. The student will have an interest in experimental or non-traditional forms of theatrical performance, or innovative use of theatre as a way to explore unusual or controversial topics. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who are focusing their education and/or future plans on stage management, theatre administration, and/or any aspect of theatre-related design.

To read more about Megan (pictured on the left) and the Memorial Fund, please visit www.megannewtonfund.org.

The fund is held at the Victoria Foundation and the award is given annually each Fall.

You can support the Megan Newton Memorial Fund by cash, cheque (payable to the Victoria Foundation), credit card, or online through CanadaHelps. For information about giving publicly listed securities, or to donate by credit card, please call the Victoria Foundation at 250.381.5532.

If you have any questions about how to make a donation to the Victoria Foundation, please contact Sara Neely, Director of Philanthropic Services at 250.381.5532 or sneely@victoriafoundation.bc.ca.