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Honorary graduate selected artistic director at National Arts Council Theatre

Honorary degree recipient Jillian Keiley in 2009.

By Janet Harron

Memorial University 2009 honorary degree recipient Jillian Keiley has been named the new artistic director of the National Arts Council English Theatre in Ottawa, Ont.

The artistic director of St. John's Artistic Fraud theatre company has been a pillar of the province's theatrical community since the mid-1990s. She is known for her innovative direction and her capacity for revolutionary staging in such productions as 2011's critically acclaimed Oil and Water, a theatrical staging of the life story of American civil rights activist Lanier Phillips, which is currently touring across Canada.

Dr. Keiley staged the internationally touring Ann and Seamus children's opera for Shallaway Children's Chorus and a production of Orpheus at the Cork Opera House in Cork, Ireland. She has created new works with Crows Theatre in Toronto, Ont., Ghost River in Calgary, Alta., and Teatro Soterraneo in Florence, Italy.

She is the winner of the Canada Council's John Hirsch Prize, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Emerging Artist Award, Calgary's 2006 Betty Mitchell Award for Directing and the 2004 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

Dr. Keiley is a native of St. John's and will begin her four-year term at the National Arts Council Theatre in August 2012.