Michael Prupas recalls the early 1970s as a “very tumultuous time in the life of our country and the world.” It was this sense that things were changing that compelled him to join CUSO to immerse himself in the African culture. For two years, Prupas taught at an all-girls secondary school in Tanzania.
Going to Tanzania was a “jumble of emotions,” Prupas recalls. Upon his return to Canada, Prupas went straight into law school. He graduated from McGill with two law degrees and immediately went into entertainment law. For 16 years, Mr. Prupas was the Senior Partner for Heenan Blaikie LLP’s Film and Entertainment Law Group.
In 1998, Mr. Prupas left his law firm to found Montreal-based Muse Entertainment, one of Canada’s largest film and television production companies. Two years later, he founded Muse Distribution International. Muse Entertainment USA was established in 2007 in Los Angeles.
Despite his tremendous success, his connection to Africa never quite left him. In 2001, Prupas, his wife and their three sons returned to Tanzania a very moving and rewarding reunion with some of his former students.
Mr. Prupas lives in Montreal. He has been nominated for two primetime Emmy Awards, and has won a Canadian Screen Award, and two Gemini Awards.