Arun Lakra has three jobs. Writer. Doctor. Father. He hoped one of them would be easy. (He was wrong.)
Writing-wise, Arun is best known as a playwright. He wrote a play called Sequence that won a few awards including the Betty Mitchell Award, the Calgary Theatre Critics Award, the Woodward Newman Drama Prize, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama, and the Alberta Playwriting Competition Grand Prize. Sequence was also shortlisted for the STAGE International Script Competition, where the judges included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.
In the world of film, his feature film script, Voices, won the Praxis Screenplay Competition. This script has been optioned, has received development funding from Telefilm Canada and Movie Central, and is presently in development. His animated music video, Must Sell Screenplay! – written and directed by Arun – won the Best Music Video Award at the 2015 Toronto Independent Film Festival, was shortlisted for Best Music Video at the 2015 Orlando Film Festival, and was invited to the 2016 Pasadena International Film Festival.
For years, Arun has aspired to shoot a film. He is currently finishing post-production on a short film, Probability, based on his play, Sequence.
Arun has also written a book on laser eye surgery, a supernatural thriller screenplay, a song to protest the demotion of Pluto (unsuccessful), a heartfelt ballad about puke, two goofy hockey-themed youtube videos (Hey There Iginla, The Lockout Song), a line of misunderstood t-shirts, and his share of illegible prescriptions.
In addition to his creative pursuits, Arun is an eye surgeon. He did his undergraduate studies at McGill University and the University of Calgary. He completed his medical school and ophthalmology residency program at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.
With two young kids, Arun spends a great deal of time and energy thinking about raising children. He has become an advocate of a philosophy he terms, Subplotting. Arun has become a public speaker on the subject, encouraging children, as well as adults, to “Write their Subplots”. That is, to follow their passion – differently. In 2015, he gave a Tedx talk entitled, “What’s Your Sublpot: Rethinking the way we follow our passions”.
Arun is an active member of Calgary’s medical and artistic community. He is an active member of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons. Arun lives in Calgary, Canada, with his wife and two kids. He divides his work week between his creative endeavors and his ophthalmology practice.