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 Geneviève Pineault, 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.

Staff

Maxime Cayouette

Box Office Clerk

Hélène Clément

Finance and Administration Clerk

Richard Théoret

House Manager

Pascale Lemay

Production Management Intern

Michelle Roussy

Head of Box Office

France Huot

Audience Development Officer

Alex Tétreault

Communications and Marketing Officer

Marie-Pierre Proulx

Artistic Director

Martin Lajeunesse

Administrative Director

Ivan Pitre

Technical Director and Production Manager

Board of Directors

Roxanne Langemann

Administrator

Carolyn Sinclair

Administrator

Melchior Mbonimpa

Administrator

Linda Dugas

Administrator

Robin Craig

Administrator

Denis Constantineau

Secretary

Pierre Lacroix

Treasurer

Renée St Onge

President

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.

La Place des Arts

Prix et bourses

Bourse Geneviève Pineault

 

Dramaturgies en chantier

 

Prix première ligne

Le Prix Première Ligne est remis par Théâtre Action et huit compagnies professionnelles franco-ontariennes : les Créations In Vivo (Ottawa), le Théâtre la Catapulte (Ottawa), le Théâtre français de Toronto, le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), le Théâtre la Tangente (Toronto), le Théâtre du Trillium (Ottawa), le Théâtre de la Vieille 17 (Ottawa) et Vox Théâtre (Ottawa).

Il vise à récompenser la troupe et le ou les auteurs du meilleur texte de création présenté dans le cadre du Festival Théâtre Action en Milieu Scolaire (FTAMS). Il illustre l’importance que ces compagnies accordent au théâtre de création et à la relève en dramaturgie.

Le Prix Première Ligne offre à la troupe gagnante :

  • Une statuette réalisée par l’artiste Pascal Demonsand ;
  • Un lot de livres des éditions Prise de Parole, L’Interligne, David et GREF ; et
  • Un crédit de 1 000 $ pour l’inscription de la troupe au prochain FTAMS.

Le Prix Première Ligne vient remplacer le Prix Étincelle HG/JL.

Résolument ancré en Ontario français, le concours d’écriture du Théâtre la Catapulte a commencé lors de la saison 1995-1996. Le Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) s’est ajouté en 2003-2004 et le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO) en 2005-2006. À ses débuts, et pour de longues années, le concours a été divisé en deux catégories : adultes (Prix O’Neill-Karch) et adolescents de 14 à 19 ans (Prix Josée-Létourneau). Au fil des ans, le concours a révélé plusieurs auteurs dont Maude St-Denis, Marcelle McGibbon, Luc Moquin, Véronique-Marie Kaye et Marie-Pierre Proulx. Cependant, pour relever les nouveaux défis de l’Ontario français, les compagnies ont pris conscience que des changements s’imposaient et c’est pour cette raison qu’elles ont décidé de s’associer à Théâtre Action pour le volet adolescent de ce concours.

Pour sa part, le Prix Hélène-Gravel a été offert à partir de 1999 à une troupe présentant une création dans le cadre du Festival Théâtre Action en Milieu Scolaire. C’est un hommage à la mémoire d’Hélène Gravel, fondatrice de la troupe étudiante Les Draveurs et directrice artistique du Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario de 1976 à 1978.

Décédée à l’automne 2001, Hélène Gravel a consacré sa vie à la jeunesse, surtout par le biais du théâtre. Grâce à des créations théâtrales pour les jeunes du palier secondaire, Hélène Gravel a formé plusieurs comédiennes et comédiens franco-ontariens professionnels qui se sont distingués dans le domaine du théâtre (Robert Marinier, Linda Sorgini, Fernand Rainville et Sylvie Ferlatte). Ce prix sera un rappel constant de l’impact de son engagement sur le théâtre franco-ontarien. Théâtre Action tient à remercier la famille Gravel d’avoir accepté que ce prix soit nommé à la mémoire d’Hélène.

Le Prix Étincelle HG/JL avait été créé en l’honneur d’Hélène-Gravel et Josée-Létourneau et récompensait le meilleure texte de création présenté dans le cadre du FTAMS.

Bonne chance à tous!

 

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