VOLUME 10 • ISSUE 2

RAYMOND
LAWRENCE


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NAME

Raymond Lawrence

BORN:
Raymond Lawrence
14th January 1954
Roseau, Dominica

PROFESSION

Chief Cultural Officer Also radio broadcaster, television broadcaster, playwright, director, author, actor, choreographer, dancer & painter

FAMILY

PARENTS:
Doris Lawrence (née Durand) and Hugh Lawrence

SIBLINGS:
Wendell Lawrence, James Lawrence, Randolph Lawrence, Zillah Lawrence (deceased), Attfield Lawrence, Remie Lawrence, Peter Lawrence (deceased), Paul Lawrence (deceased), Jean Lawrence-Mathurin, Anthony Lawrence, Bernadette Lawrence, Ursula Simon

EDUCATION

1959–65 Convent Preparatory, Roseau, Dominica
1965–70 Dominica Grammar School, Roseau, Dominica
1970–72 St. Maryís Academy, Roseau, Dominica
1984–85 University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
1987–90 Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, USA
1995–97 University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA

DEGREES:
1985 Certificate in Management Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
1990 Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications (Radio and Television), Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, USA
1997 Masterís in Mass Communications, University of North Texas, Texas, USA
OTHER TRAINING:
Dance courses in Jamaica and Trinidad, 1972 & 1977
1974 BBC Radio Production Course in London, England
1975 Commonwealth Broadcasting Union News Preparation and Presentation course, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
OAS-sponsored Cultural Policy courses in Jamaica and in Dominica, 1982 & 1983

CAREER

1971–present Director, Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company
1972–78 Radio broadcaster, DBS (Dominica Broadcasting Corporation), Roseau, Dominica
1978–82 Radio broadcaster, Radio Antilles International, Montserrat
1978–present Director, Miss Teen Dominica Pageant
1979–82 Director & founder, Montserrat Dance Theatre
1982–87 Deputy Chairman, National Culture Council, Dominica
1982–90 Cultural Officer, Cultural Division, Government of Dominica
1983–84, 1994 Member, Board of Directors, Dominica Broadcasting Corporation, Dominica
1990–93 Acting Chief Cultural Officer, Dominica
1991, 1992, 1993 Deputy Chairman, Board of Directors, Dominica Broadcasting Corporation, Dominica
1991–95 Television news presenter, Government Information Service (G.I.S.), Dominica
1991–present Chairman, National Culture Council, Dominica
1992–present Dominicaís Representative on the Regional Cultural Committee (R.C.C.)
1993–present Chief Cultural Officer, Old Mill Cultural Centre, Government of Dominica
1997–2002 Host & producer of Cultural Connection, weekly radio programme, Kairi FM
1999 Chairman of the 10th Annual Regional Cultural Committee meeting
2002–present Host & producer of Culture in Action, bi-monthly television programme

WORKS

PUBLICATIONS
1995 Dance Dominica—The Creative Dance Experience , Tropical Printers, Dominica

AWARDS

1991 Fame Gold Award for outstanding contribution to cultural development, Dominica
2002 Person of the Year, The Chronicle newspaper, Dominica
2004 Meritorious Service Award, Government of Dominica
2006 Creole Lifetime Achievement Award, Cable & Wireless (now LIME)
2008 Outstanding Award for Culture, Mayor of Roseau, Dominica
2008 Edward Oliver Leblanc Trophy for outstanding contribution to culture, Dominica
2012 Caribbean Hall of Fame for Arts, Sports and Culture, Caribbean Arts and Culture Foundation, Jamaica

NOTABLE

With the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company, he has staged many dance productions through the years within Dominica and in several Caribbean countries
Organised 3 Caribbean Queen Shows, several local Queen Shows. Also the Teen Talent show from 2002Ė07 (as part of Talent Promotions which he formed)
Organised several Carnival bands
Published Dance Dominica—The Creative Dance Experience in 1995, a book on the history and development of creative dance in Dominica
Wrote and directed several productions for the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company. Directed short plays for the Montserrat Dance Theatre, 1979–82
Wrote a number of short stories and won some prizes in the National Short Story competitions in the 1970ís including two first prizes
Paints in his spare time and has won prizes in the National Art competitions in the 1970ís including a first prize in the watercolour category
Acted in several plays in primary school, secondary school and with the Peopleís Action Theatre in plays such as Pio Pio and Jesus Christ Superstar
He is also a dancer and a choreographer
In 2012 he was inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame for Arts, Sports and Culture by the Caribbean Arts and Culture Foundation in Jamaica during ceremony for the islandís 50th anniversary of independence, November 2012