Our administration :

Lyne Paquette, Founder, Artistic & Executive Director

Lyne is a founder (with Emma Tibaldo) of Talisman Theatre. A graduate of the National Theatre School (2005), set design is Lyne's second career. Prior to this, she had worked as a professional engineer (McGill, 1987). Beginning as an Assistant Designer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and as an intern at Michael Curry Designs, Lyne has since designed for many theatre, dance, puppet, and opera productions in Montreal. She has designed sets and costumes for Talisman productions since 2005.

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Marie-Christine André, Administrative Director

After studying in France, Marie-Christine André, passionate about theater, chose to put her skills at the service of C cedille company based in Toulouse. Arriving in 2004 in Montreal, she joined Omnibus - the theater company in 2008 and developed her skills in managing cultural organizations. In 2013, she joined the Théâtre de la Pire Espèce as administrative director and, since shares her time between La Pire Espèce, Hôtel-Motel productions and Talisman Théâtre.

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Chris Dilworth, Administrator

Chris served as Talisman's first President of the Board of Directors, recruiting Board members and establishing policies. He serves as a grant-writer, event organizer, and fundraiser--conducting prospect research and developing Talisman's case for support. Chris also serves as Talisman's digital communications consultant, establishing its web and social media presence. He implemented Talisman's CRM (Contact Relationship Management) system to manage communications in compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL).

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Governance: Board of Directors :

Christine Lord, President and Secretary

A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Christine adopted Montreal and its rich artistic life 25 years ago. She has worked at SNC-Lavalin for almost 18 years. She acquired her experience in management within the Information Technologies group. For the past four years she has been the director of procurement systems within the Global Procurement department, where her responsibility is to provide the best solutions and tools for procurement operations. She has just completed an MBA at McGill-HEC in order to further develop her competencies.

Julie Gaboriault, Treasurer

A graduate of HEC Montreal and a member of the Order of CPA, Julie acts as an auditor for various organizations in Quebec's arts and literature landscape. This specialization and her extensive and deep knowledge of accounting have given her a great understanding of the financial and governance issues specific to this sector.

Gérald Gauthier, Director

Holder of a law degree and a Master of Business Administration, Gérald Gauthier has extensive experience in public and corporate affairs, including regulatory affairs, mainly in the rail transportation sector. He worked in a private law firm specialized in civil and commercial law, before joining Canadian Pacific Railway, and later, the Railway Association of Canada, where he held several executive positions, including the presidency.

Claude St-Hilaire, Director

Claude is a freelance Change Management Consultant, helping organizations lead their business transformations. He is an MBA graduate, PMP and ITIL certified with extensive experience in global banking, engineering-construction, aviation and manufacturing organizations.

Ada L. Sinacore, Director

Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies Program in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab, and an Associate Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill University. Dr. Sinacore has over 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Dr. Sinacore has received numerous honours and awards. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and received the Distinguished Member Award from the Section on Counselling Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. Most recently, she will be receiving the Faculty of Education Award for Distinguished Teaching at the 2017 Convocation.

Zach Fraser, Director

Zach directed our critically acclaimed Coma Unplugged (2011). On faculty in the theatre department at John Abbott College, Zach also teaches on occasion at McGill University and the National Theatre School. Zach is an actor, puppeteer, director and co-founder of Montreal-based The GKW Project. A graduate of École Philippe Gaulier (London/Paris) and Dalhousie University (Halifax), Zach also recently completed a practical masters in puppetry at UQÀM. Zach is currently the Quebec Councillor for Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Lyne Paquette, (ex officio: Artistic & Executive Director)

Lyne is a founder (with Emma Tibaldo) of Talisman Theatre. A graduate of the National Theatre School (2005), set design is Lyne's second career. Prior to this, she had worked as a professional engineer (McGill, 1987). Beginning as an Assistant Designer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and as an intern at Michael Curry Designs, Lyne has since designed for many theatre, dance, puppet, and opera productions in Montreal. She has designed sets and costumes for Talisman productions since 2005.

Michael MacKenzie, Director

In the last ten years Michael's plays have been produced in translation in Avignon, Budapest, Germany, Hungary, Montreal, Ottawa, Prague, Quebec, Stuttgart, and Tel Aviv. He works with the Cirque de Soleil, Robert Lepage (ex machina). He is writer/director of The Baroness and the Pig (2003) and is director and co-writer of Adam's Wall (2008). He currently has three film projects funded for development by Telefilm and SODEC. Michael has a Ph.D in the Political Economy and History of Science. He lives in Montreal with his partner and two sons.

Our mission :

Since its founding in 2005, Talisman Theatre has championed the same artistic mission: "To produce professional English-language premieres of contemporary Quebecois plays" in translation for the English stage.

Talisman's mission is one of interculturalisme: working with contemporary issues, we strive to build bridges between Montreal's two solitudes by making the Quebecois perspective accessible to non-francophones. Talisman speaks from the heart of an ever-evolving Quebecois culture directly to non-francophone audiences, by preserving the Quebecois 'edge' often blurred (anglicized) in the translation process.

VISION:

Our goal is to educate as well as to entertain and to help open up the diversity of different cultures for younger minds. Talisman will continue to produce these high quality works and grow, by: expanding the number of productions from 1 to 2 each year; increasing the life of each theatre production by touring outside of Montreal; and, extending our outreach to young people, students and minorities, through sponsor-subsidised tickets.

Our history :

Talisman Theatre is an award-winning, Montreal-based production company in its eleventh season. It was founded in 2005 by Lyne Paquette Artistic and Executive Director of Talisman Theatre (a renowned Set Designer), and Emma Tibaldo, a Montreal director (now Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal). Lyne and Emma met as students at the National Theatre School.

Based on this relationship, Talisman has established a productive partnership with Playwrights’ Workshop, a Montreal institution, which contributes to the development and dramaturgy of contemporary translations, providing workshops for authors, the translators, designers, and actors.

All Talisman shows since 2005 have been produced with its core artistic team of professional designers. This firm foundation has allowed Talisman to develop its craft and vocabulary to make each Talisman production fully-integrated and culturally significant. The entire Talisman artistic team is bilingual and the Talisman process uses the Quebecois model for production development.

Denis Cöté's Vic and Flo saw a Bear (November 21- December 2nd, 2017), a gender-bending love/horror story between two queer women, fits perfectly into the niche we have established for ourselves with our previous productions:

  • That Woman (2006),
  • That Woman (2007 remount),
  • Down Dangerous Passes Road (2008),
  • Rock, Paper, Jackknife... (2009),
  • The Flood Thereafter (2010),
  • Coma Unplugged (2011),
  • The Medea Effect (2012),
  • The Aeneid (2013),
  • Billy (The Days of Howling) (2014),
  • The Medea Effect (2015 remount)
  • Province (2015),
  • Me and You (2016),
  • Yukonstyle (2016),
  • Vic and Flo (2017).

Our achievements :

Billy was nominated for a META in the Best Indie production categorie. Our 2014 production of The Aeneid won the META for ‘Outstanding Independent Production’, and was nominated in three other categories. The Medea Effect (2012) won the META for ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best New Translation’ as well as being nominated in four other categories. Our 2011 production Coma Unplugged was nominated for ‘Best Set Design’ at the 2012 Cochon d’Or. The Flood Thereafter was nominated for MECCA awards in three categories. Talisman productions have been nominated for and won the Quebec Critics (AQCT) award for best English Production (2008, 2009), and our 2010 production. We have also collected testimonials from the media and educators on our website.

Talisman has received six CAM, six CALQ, and eight CCA production grants, as well as five CCA translation grants. Private financing has been obtained from the Cole Foundation, Power Corporation, The Foundation of Greater Montreal, The Zeller Family Foundation, and from private donors. In 2010 Talisman received a CCA Flying Squad grant to develop our first three-year Strategic Plan (2010-2013) with a Montreal-based theatre management consultant, Robert Gagné. We now have a full Board of directors and we have created our new (2016-2019) 3-year plan. Talisman received its first multi-year grant from CALQ in 2014, from CCA in 2015 and CAM in 2017.

Talisman Theatre has established strong links within Montreal’s French and English theatre communities. In 2015 we return to The Centaur Theatre with Province as part of the 2015 Brave New Looks. We had our first local tour this year staging a remount of The Medea Effect (2012) at the Segal Center for the Arts Studio. We took Province to New Orleans in 2015 for a reading with view to a co-production with the Swine Palace Theatre at Louisiana State University. We have developed a partnership with Theatre La Licorne, a Montreal hub for Quebecois translations of contemporary Scottish and Irish works, with a reading of Billy (The Days of Howling) (2014) on their stage in 2013.

Over the years Talisman Theatre has become a landmark of Montreal's arts scene, receiving previews and reviews in the English media: blogs, print, radio, and television (CBC, CTV, Global). We have also been reviewed in the French media (Le Devoir, Voir). A recent article featuring Talisman Theatre appeared in the French journal JEU Revue de theatre, ‘Breaking Through the Language Barrier’: “When thinking about companies who popularize Quebecois drama, in English, the name at the top of the list is Talisman Theatre—this is exactly their mission.”—Philippe Couture and Christian Saint-Pierre December 2012.

Talisman Theatre operates with a ‘light infrastructure’ consisting of our Artistic and Executive Director (Lyne Paquette) who manages the day-to-day operations of the company, and what we refer to as our ‘theatre family’, consisting of our core team of designers, our invited directors, and translators. Our board members make invaluable contributions with their advice (legal and governance) and active participation (graphic arts, videography).

Talisman Theatre is active in the development of Montreal's English-Language Artistic community. We are proud to be part of The Group of 5+, a coalition of six professional theatre and dance-theatre companies in Montreal who are in the process of planning a permanent space for creation. In this we have the financial support of the three levels of government. This creative space will enable the cost-benefits of sharing of physical resources and services and will assist us all in raising our individual visibility. The Group of 5+ includes: Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.; Imago Theatre; Playwrights' Workshop Montreal; Geordie Production; and Talisman Theatre.