The University of Ottawa’s Department of Theatre wishes to congratulate graduate Stéphie Mazunya (2015). This actor and playwright was recently selected to be part of the collective 21 Black Futures as organized by Toronto’s prestigious Obsidian Theatre.
Guillaume Saidon was chosen as one of the actors as part of the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorative ceremony at Juno Beach. He delivered this performance in front of veterans and dignitaries such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his French counterpart, Édouard Philippe.
The Department of Theatre is in mourning. Our friend Benjamin Gaillard died yesterday in a road accident that also killed his 10 years old son. Benjamin and his family were travelling in the United States on their way back from vacation. His wife Véronique and his daughter survived the accident and are currently in a Pennsylvania hospital. We do not fear for their lives.
Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre is invited to represent North America at the 15th World Festival of Children's Theatre in Germany in June 2018! U of O Theatre Department's MFA Graduate, Ekaterina Vetrov, brings to life a unique and distinctive immersive theatre piece, Lucid Dreams - a strange world of dreams full of symbols, illusions and grotesque imagery delivered through movement, contemporary dance, and work with masks and objects.
The Société Québécoise d’études théâtrales has awarded the 2017 scholarship to Caroline Gignac, for her thesis proposal entitled Favoriser de nouvelles perspectives d’analyse d’un spectacle de danse contemporaine : l’empathie esthétique in Mille batailles by Louise Lecavalier. Congratulations Caroline!
On November 22, the Chair of Arts Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux of HEC Montréal, under the direction of François Colbert, presented the 2017 Cultural Manager's Award to Louise Allaire, former Director of Les Gros Becs Youth Theater, currently enrolled in the Theater Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts’ Theatre Department, University of Ottawa.
With A Bachelor's degree in theatre and a practical master in stage, Sariana Monette-Saillant works as manager and production manager for many theatre companies. During her studies, she founded le Théâtre de Dehors with her colleague Eric Perron and assumes the artistic co-direction.
Created in 1989, the John Hirsh prize honours a director from Ontario every other year. Born in Sudbury, the director, actress and author Miriam Cusson has founded and directed numerous companies including Productions Roches Brûlées (2009-2014).
The Ann Saddlemyer Award honours a monograph published during the past year that exemplifies the strength of theatre scholarship in Canada. The winner of the award for 2016 is Spike Milligan’s Accordion: The Distortion of Time and Space in The Goon Show by Rick Cousins.
Vincent Leclerc and Anie Richer, graduates of the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, have been honoured with Gemini Awards by the Quebec section of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Vincent won the “Meilleur premier rôle masculin – série dramatique saisonnière” and Anie the “Meilleur premier rôle – Jeunesse”. Our sincere congratulations to both!
Nicole Nolette of the Department of Theatre of the Faculty of Arts and postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University has been awarded the Ann Saddlemyer Award for her book Jouer la traduction : théâtre et hétérolinguisme au Canada francophone (2015).
Students of the Department of Theatre’s Theatre in English Canada course are actively helping build a National Performance Research Project. As part of their studies, the students are contributing to the development a nation-wide project dedicated to creating the first community-maintained Canadian online compendium of the performing arts.
The youth web-series 2 h 14 Un continental en cinq temps, produced and directed by Marie Claude Dicaire and Jean-François Dubé and starring student and actress Laurence Latreille, is nominated for two prizes at the 2015 Prix Gémeaux.
Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival (MNTF) takes place in Ottawa this June 2015, and students in this three-credit undergraduate course will explore its past, present, and future during one intense week.
The Department of Theatre of the University of Ottawa is very well represented in the most recent issue of Recherches théâtrales au Canada/Theatre Research in Canada which focusses on Québecois theatre.
The play Fucking Carl, directed by Kevin Orr, associate professor and artistic director at Theatre 4.669, has been awarded the prize for outstanding overall production at the 2014 Ottawa Fringe Festival.
Under the guidance of part-time professor Kristina Watt, students in the ‘Theatre in English Canada’ course are using Twitter as a means to engage the nation in a living conversation about theatre in Canada. In partnership with the National Arts Centre English Theatre’s ‘SpiderWeb Show’ (spiderwebshow.ca), students conduct investigative research in order to create dynamic and concise ‘tweets’.