Your Theatre Since 1971

Crédit : Lévy L. Marquis

Mandate and Mission

The company creates, tours and presents theatrical works with the aim of developing, enriching and promoting the artistic and cultural life of its milieu.

Rooted in Northern Ontario, the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO) is a professional theatre company that values contemporary works by Franco-Ontarian authors and Canadian playwrights.

This mission is embodied within three main areas of action:

  • 1. Supporting Franco-Ontarian playwrights and creators;
  • 2. Creating, producing, touring and welcoming new original works and repertory;
  • 3. Development of artists and Canadian dramaturgy and theatre.

The TNO’s Broad Objectives

  • Promote Franco-Ontarian culture through its theatre productions;
  • Contribute to the development of theatre in Canada;
  • Assist in the development of Franco-Ontarian artists and artisans by providing a platform for artistic expression;
  • Develop partnerships with other theatre companies, community groups, associations, etc.;
  • Increase and diversify its audience while ensuring its development through arts education activities and initiatives;
  • Stimulate and inspire the community, especially by staging community productions.

Artistic Vision

The TNO’s artistic vision, which guides its Artistic Director Marie-Pierre Proulx, is based on daring and original programming made accessible to audience members through various awareness and contextual activities in order to enrich their theatrical experience. Its programming tends towards works that address social issues and the human condition and offer sometimes sensitive and sometimes critical – but always deeply human – perspectives on our world and times. Special attention is given to programming to ensure a high level of artistic quality, accessibility and openness to the best work from across the country. The Artistic Director’s goal is to introduce TNO audiences to different artistic approaches from home and abroad. Its theatre seasons not only serve all age groups, but also include artistically stimulating and accessible works.


Hanna Dumanska

Administrative Director

Marie-Pierre Proulx

Artistic Director - Maternity leave

Dillon Orr

Interim Artistic Director

Céline Lepage

Production Director

Priscilla Pilon

Communications Coordinator

Lynne Lalande

Finance Officer

Maxime Cayouette

Mediation and Public Development Coordinnator

Jasmine Morin

Communications and Marketing Intern

Studio 123

Agency of Record

Board of Directors

Linda Dugas


Karine Arsenault


Roxanne Langemann


Alexis Fong


Athanase Simbagoye


Delphine Derome


Émilie Irvoas


Joanne Huneault


Mohammed El Mendri


Our History

The TNO was founded in 1971, during French Ontario’s “cultural revolution”. This period of creativity, identity-building and mobilization, centred in northeastern Ontario, revitalized cultural life in French-speaking Ontario. It was the era of playwright, songwriter and singer André Paiement, Coopérative des artistes du Nouvel-Ontario and the creation of CANO-musique, La Nuit sur l’Étang, Les Éditions Prise de parole, La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, La Ruche des artistes, and of course, the TNO, which Paiement led until his death in 1978.

In the 1980s, the arrival of Brigitte Haentjens as Artistic Director and Jean Marc Dalpé, author, breathed new life into the TNO, which at the time was nothing but a few boxes in an administrator’s basement. The biggest success of this period was the creation of Le Chien, a drama by Jean-Marc Dalpé, who won the 1988 Governor General’s Award with this play. In the 1990s, Artistic Director Sylvie Dufour took the opportunity to rebuild the TNO’s pool of writers. French Town, by Michel Ouellette, produced by the TNO, won the Governor General’s Award in 1994. Then, in 1997, the TNO achieved its long-term dream with the construction of its own theatre space (Salle André-Paiement), finally giving it a home and quality tools to develop its projects, build its audience and attract additional partners.

Its opening and the arrival in the same period of André Perrier as Artistic Director marked the start of a new era for the TNO. Since the dawn of the 21st century, the TNO’s success has continued to grow. The production Du Pépin à la Fissure won the Masque award for best Franco-Canadian Production in 2001, as did the co-production Univers in 2003. The TNO presented a major 67-performance tour of Ontario, Québec and France with its co-production Violette sur la terre.

In June 2004, the TNO announced the arrival of Geneviève Pineault as its Artistic Director. In 2005-2006, Exit(s), co-produced with Ottawa’s Théâtre la Catapulte, criss-crossed Ontario and was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Toronto in the Best Touring Production category.  In 2007, the TNO was a finalist for Ontario’s newly-created Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The TNO’s 2014-2015 season is particularly notable seeing the theatre was awarded The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, which came with a $50 000 reward.

Crédit photo : Stunik Médias

At the dawn of the 2017-2018 season, Marie-Pierre Proulx becomes the artistic director and general co-director of the TNO. The author and scenographer bring a wave of fresh air to the theatre company.

Throughout its 45 years of existence, the TNO has garnered numerous local and national awards and distinctions, including two Masques awarded by Québec’s Académie du théâtre as well as the 2014 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Place des Arts

The TNO is a proud partner of Place des Arts, which brings together the seven member organizations of the ROCS (Regroupement des organismes cutlurels de Sudbury), including the TNO, under the same roof in the heart of downtown Sudbury.

To keep up to date with everything that is happening at Place des Arts, please consult its website.