Who is Luke?
In a failed attempt to escape Presto Luke left his hometown of Mississauga under the guise of becoming a Toronto-based artist. He strives to share authentic and engaging stories with audiences through his work as a producer, playwright, poet and educator. He is the Producer for Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company, Obsidian Theatre. He continually seeks opportunities to empower and support young-in-craft artists with his collective Little Black Afro Theatre, creating spaces for artists to develop work with and for the communities they come from. After becoming the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Grand Champion in 2017, Luke went on to captain the 2017 TPS team that became national champions at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and coached the 2018 national champions as well. He most recently competed in Vancouver in April 2018 at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and placed 2nd in the country. This spring Luke placed 4th at the 2019 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris, France, as the Canadian representative.
Feature & MC
Luke has hosted events and featured his work for the Toronto Poetry Slam, Guelph Poetry Slam, Hamilton Youth Poets, Union Station, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Out of Bounds, the Rhubarb Festival and the International Festival of Authors. He’s even MC’ed his Aunt’s wedding. Bring Luke’s charismatic energy and dynamic performance to your event!
Luke will be hosting a night of Spoken Word coming this August 16th to the SummerWorks Festival. Stay tuned for more details!
Check out theatrical performances that Luke Reece produces with Obsidian Theatre at www.obsidiantheatre.com .
As an independent artist-educator Luke delivers workshops in schools throughout the GTA on theatre and poetry. Luke has also facilitated workshops for Young People’s Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, The Paprika Festival, CANVAS Arts Action Programs, Toronto Poetry Slam, Hamilton Youth Poets, the Hamilton Fringe Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and DAREarts. These workshops can be customized to fit your curriculum needs, and span Grades 3-12.
Hamilton Youth Poets
"As our July feature, Luke gave us a brilliant performance and workshop! He carries with him an amazing energy - such a bright and kind light that radiates positivity.”
Principal, McBride Ave. Public School
"Luke Reece has an amazing ability to connect with young people. He worked with our Grade six students to support them telling their story. Luke’s passion for spoken word encourages students to open up and confidently share their ideas."
Toronto Poetry Project
"There are few poets who can combine humour, empathy, potent messages and strong stagecraft but Luke Reece makes it look easy. His set at Toronto Poetry Slam was a 2018 highlight for me, and I can't wait to see what else this talented poet delivers to his fans in the coming years."
Meadowvale Secondary School