MAKING WAVES: Andrew Clarke is talent personified. Since his days as an undergrad at the Edna Manley College and a perennial gold medalist in the JCDC Festival of the Performing Arts, the thirtysomething Jamaican actor, singer, producer, director (and the list goes on) has proven himself a force to be reckoned with in the creative arts. His post-Edna Manley years, most of them spent in and around New York, have seen him maturing leaps and bounds as relentlessly expressive performer with something meaningful to say. For starters, we’ve all been hearing wonderful things about Braata Productions, which he started a few years ago with the help of some Caribbean friends. Mounting award-winning plays and staging concert seasons, the ensemble has done a lot to imbue their neck of the New York arts community, particularly the theatre scene, with that unmistakable island flair, equal parts folkloric and free-spirited. That’s precisely the vibe we get hearing about the Caribbean musical Flambeaux, starring Andrew and a cast of regional talents, which swept the recent Audelco Awards, honoring excellence in the dramatic arts. The show picked up awards in the ensemble categories, but Clarke was duly honoured for his performance, copping one of the coveted acting prizes. No stranger to the international scene, he is also a multiple awardee at the World Championship of the Performing Arts. As founder, it goes without saying that Mr. Clarke has big plans for Braata Productions and the committed artists who share his vision and his passion for artistic expression. Something tells us we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the years to come.