The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian has chosen its 2010 Arts & Letters Laureate and the award has gone to St. Lucia’s Adrian Augier, co-founder of St Lucia’s Lighthouse Theatre (1983) and founder of the Factory Creative Arts Centre (1997). He has written and produced several musicals, including the creation myth Hewannorra Story and Troumassay. He is also the writer/producer of Anthem (2004) and Esperance (2009), commissioned by the St Lucia government to mark the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the country’s independence. He has been involved in carnival production for over 30 years, and launched his own band, Rituals, in 2003. On stage he has performed and presented works in Australia, Ireland, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Canada, the US and the UK. Augier is also a poet with several titles to his name. His last volume, Bridgemaker, was met with critical acclaim by such critics as Kwame Dawes, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, and Rex Nettleford. Augier has contributed and continues to contribute to the shaping of Caricom policy on the development of creative industries for balanced economic growth.
A former Chief Economist in St Lucia’s Ministry of Finance and Planning, Augier is a regionally recognised economic development consultant with extensive private and public sector experience. He has worked as an economist with the government of St Lucia, the World Bank, the European Union, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Usaid, and the OECS. He is co-chair of the Caricom Task Force on the Development of Cultural Industries, is a member of the Interim Festival Directorate for Carifesta, and has been consulted by the Grenada government on the development of cultural industry. Augier is the recipient of six awards from the St Lucia National Arts Award programme, the Minvielle and Chastanet Fine Arts Award Council, for his work in visual art, performance art, and literary art.
His 2009 Caribbean Cacique Award for outstanding contribution to the development, integration, and exploration of theatre in the region is further testament to the regard his work enjoys.
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