Artistic Approach

In rehearsal for L’Envol with Mélissa Merlo © Nicola-Frank Vachon

Theatre, for me, is a space for sharing our stories and learning about ourselves and each other. We gather here to share our ideas, questions, dreams, disappointments, fears, laughter, pain and joy. As an artist, I am committed to doing socially engaged theatre, building transcultural connections, and creating opportunities for women.

Socially Engaged Theatre
The projects I choose to work on have themes that are sometimes difficult, but I believe it’s important to address these subjects. My past directorial work has included work about immigration, language debates in Quebec, the relationship between French speakers and English speakers, and the relationship between Quebec and the rest of Canada. I have also explored the idea of “home,” refugees and migration, genocide, the role of doubt in a religious culture, the process of grief, and self-esteem among women. Even if these themes are complex, I believe it’s important to approach them in a way that’s personal, approachable, sensitive, and often with some humour. I firmly believe that theatre can be a powerful tool for improving our society.

Transcultural Connection
In a world that is continually becoming more and more diverse, the possibility of dividing ourselves according to our differences exponentially increases. We can see this attitude of “us” and “them” in all spheres of our society. The recent American political environment has underlined these divisions, and I believe that we need to find what we have in common and build bridges between different groups that tend to isolate themselves. Through my choice of projects, I try to create an environment where we can meet, share and discover with “the Other” and so develop more openness.

Opportunities for Women
Historically and currently, women are under-represented in theatre. An article in the Devoir on April 9, 2019, mentioned that in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons of Francophone theatres in Montreal and Quebec City, only 26% of the shows were directed by women (61% were directed by men, and the remaining were led by collectives). Of the texts in the two seasons, just 28% were written by women. My projects highlight women and their stories.

In rehearsal for L’Envol with Mélissa Merlo © Nicola-Frank Vachon