Brigitte Haentjens

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Brigitte Haentjens, OC is a Canadian theatre director and president of her own company, Sybillines, which she founded in 1997. [1] She is currently the Artistic Director at Canada's National Arts Centre French Theatre in Ottawa.

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Born in France, she studied theatre in Paris before moving to Ontario in Canada at the age of 25. [1]

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From 1982 to 1990, she was artistic director of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, turning it into a major venue of Francophone Canadian theatre through her productions of works by playwrights such as Michel Marc Bouchard and Jean-Marc Dalpé. She also cowrote several works with Dalpé, including Nickel. [2]

Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario is a Canadian professional theatre company. Located in Sudbury, Ontario, the company produces French language stage productions.

Greater Sudbury City in Ontario, Canada

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Michel Marc Bouchard, is a Canadian playwright. He has received the Prix Journal de Montreal, Prix du Cercle des critiques de l'Outaouais, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and nine Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for the Vancouver productions of Lilies and The Orphan Muses.

In 1990, she moved to Montreal, becoming artistic director of the Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale, in Montréal, from 1991 to 1994, and as co-director for the Carrefour International de Théâtre de Québec from 1996 to 2006. [3] In addition to continuing to direct theatre for several companies in Montreal, she also directed at the National Arts Centre, in Ottawa, founded her own company, Sybillines, in 1997, and, in October 2007, received the prestigious Elinor and Louis Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for her 30-year career in Québec theatre. [1] [3]

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

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  1. 1 2 3 Jean St-Hilaire, "Brigitte Haentjens reçoit le prestigieux prix Siminovitch", Le Soleil , online posting in Cyberpresse , October 30, 2007, accessed January 18, 2008.
  2. Nickel, Saison 19831984, in Théâtrographie sec., Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (official website), accessed January 19, 2008. (Coproduction Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts). (In French.)
  3. 1 2 "$100,000 Siminovitch Prize 2007 Awarded to Director, Brigitte Haentjens: Archived November 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine . Recipient Selects Quebec City Director and Montreal Ensemble as Protégés", press release, Prix Siminovitch (official website), October 29, 2007, accessed January 18, 2008.

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