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Luke Reece is an award-winning poet, playwright and producer who strives to share authentic and engaging stories with audiences through his work. Luke is the Associate Artistic Director at Soulpepper Theatre, one of Canada’s leading non-profit theatre companies. Through his work as an artistic leader within the national arts community, he advocates for entertaining and nuanced storytelling that challenges Canadian audiences. He is one of Toronto’s most decorated slam poets, and his body of work includes a radio play, animated short, and a praised short film featured on CBC titled ‘Notice’. Luke has represented Canada on the world stage of Slam Poetry, and was also featured by NBA Champion and former Toronto Raptor Serge Ibaka on his Instagram Talent Show, ‘How Talented Are You?’. His solo show “As I Must Live It” premiered February 2024 and has garnered praise and comparisons to Lin-Manuel Miranda in The Globe and Mail.

Published Work

21 Black Futures (Anthology) – Playwrights Canada Press

Black Lives Black Words (Anthology) – Oberon Books

Connect with Me



  • Top 30 Changemakers, Under 30 from York University (2021)
  • Quarter-finalist of Serge Ibaka’s ‘How Talented Are You?’ IG Live competition (2020)
  • Placed 4th in the World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris, France as Canadian representative (2019)
  • Placed 1st at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as Coach of the TPS Team (2018)
  • Placed 2nd at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, Vancouver BC (2018)
  • Placed 1st at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as Captain of the TPS Team (2017)
  • Grand Slam Champion of the Toronto Poetry Slam (2016)
  • Winner of the Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights from The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Definition (2015)
  • York University President’s Creative Writing Award, Definition (2014)
  • York University Imasco Performing Arts Award (2013)

Reece is also a prize-winning slam poet who knows how to hold a stage. His energy and charm
grab you the moment he bounds into the Theatre.

Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail

Reece's script is poetic without being precious

Glenn Sumi, So Sumi

Luke Reece is a dynamic, engaging storyteller. His poetry is heartfelt and meaningful, and his
spoken-word style delivery is passionate and exciting.

Janine Marley, A View From The Box

He creates sections in the voice of a small child, an adolescent, and an adult, each well-defined
and meaningful.

Ilana Lucas, Broadway world

Reece is intensely charismatic and lands on naturalistic rhythms for his well-chosen words.

Istvan Reviews

It’s cleverly playful and authentic, mixing poetic storytelling with tenderly told experiences
growing up.

Ross, Front Mezz Junkies