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Wildfire (2023)

From January 16-29, 2023
La Chapelle Theatre

Original French production by Homme Allumette, directed by Philippe Cyr

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Text : David Paquet;
Translator : Leanna Brodie;
Director : Jon Lachlan Stewart;
Stage Manager : Ava Bishop.

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Claudie, Carole : Julie Tamiko Manning;
Claudine, Caroline : Kathleeen Stavert;
Claudette, Clément : Davide Chiazzese.

Set and Costume Design : Odile Gamache;
Lighting Design : Cédric Delorme Bouchard;
Sound Design : Mykalle Bielinski.

SYNOPSIS : Opening with a curse from a strange baby, featuring a cast of socially offbeat characters, a caged child, a murderous pet tarantula and a dead cat, Wildfire is a tragicomedy as fiercely dark as any from classical Greece. Structured as a multi-generational triptych, it tells the story of six characters trying to escape a toxic family heritage. In this magnificently constructed spiral of fatality, Paquet attacks our failing collective consciousness and the ensuing general apathy.


Lyne Paquette
Lyne Paquette

A word From the Artistic Director

Hi friends!

We are alive, healthy and back in business!

In celebration, the Talisman Board invites you to our annual fundraiser, FEMALE POWER, a cocktail dînatoire honoring the themes of our most recent production Night from the 4th to 5th.

Save the date!
Tuesday, October 25 from 6 pm—9 pm
at Bar Paul Seurot of Union Francaise, 429 Viger Street East, Montreal.


Lyne Paquette

Artistic and Executive Director



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Antioch (2021)

SYNOPSIS : Antioch is a tale of two women: a teenager, Lily, and her emotionally distant mother, Inas. Their pasts have put them at odds: Inas, unable to face her own anger, numbs herself with alcohol and television; Lily, utterly dissatisfied by Western ideology, refuses to join the "system". Yet both began by craving greater purpose and meaning--like Lily's 2500-year-old friend, Antigone. These women are stuck in their tragedies, each buried alive by their own rage. Can they find a way out?

Antigone, Inas and Lily eventually meet beyond the boundary of time, along the border of Syria, where the East meets the West--in Antioch. Lily and Inas face off in an ideological battle with their futures at stake. Antigone confronts her Olympian Gods. Finally, with their past and future laid before them, they see things from the other's perspective and accept the beauty in their fates.

This adaptation of Antioch brings to light the dangers of intergenerational trauma, the importance of sharing the history of your ancestors, and the value of communication, connection, and acceptance. The power of vulnerability can stop the wheel of fate and change its course.

The Concordian : "Presented on YouTube, the work is also an exploration of new digital possibilities for live art creations. The result is a powerful immersive theatre reading that invites viewers to engage with the performance while being comfortably seated and wearing a pair of headphones."--Véronique Morin, 20 Dec 2021. More / Plus...

ARP Media : "The actresses know how to adapt their acting to make the emotion shine through a screen. The various animations also add rhythm and hold the viewer's attention. ...It's a success for this first digital experience signed Talisman Theatre."--Nancie Boulay, 14 Dec 2021. More / Plus...

LE CULTUREL 2.0 : "Talisman Theatre innovates by producing its latest creation ANTIOCH (Sarah Berthiaume) on YouTube in striking images and binaural sound. The director Sophie El Assaad tells me..."--Winston McQuade, 12 Dec 2021. More / Plus...

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Amélie Saffré
Amélie Saffré

Amélie Saffré, General Administrator

Amélie holds a Master's degree in Visual Arts and a DESS in Management of Cultural Organizations from HEC Montréal. She has 10 years of experience in the Montreal cultural and artistic community, notably as coordinator of cultural activities at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and as project manager for a pan-Canadian forum "Le Pouvoir des arts" organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Cultural Enterprise Management at HEC Montréal. She is in charge of philanthropic development at Cinéma Public and joined the Conversations philanthropiques en culture in 2020 to support the actions of the Board of Directors.

Chris Dilworth
Chris Dilworth

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).

Iria Donoro
Iria Donoro

Iria Donoro, Coordinator, Marketing and Communication

Graduated in Business Administration specializing in marketing. Iria has experience in market research, strategic planning, marketing campaigns and event organization in Spain. She is enthusiastic, a hardworking person, with the initiative to solve problems efficiently and always with a positive attitude to face new challenges, this time being a part of Talisman Theatre.

Inés Adán
Inés Adán

Inés Adán, Development

Inés is a theatre director and cofounder of the theatre company Mundanal Ruido Teatro. For more than ten years, she has combined both artistic creation and education. She holds a degree in Theatre Direction from the Spain’s Royal School of Dramatic Art, a Master degree in Translation and a Certificate in Pedagogy. Currently, she is a teacher in the Master of Studies of Theatre at the International University of La Rioja. Her artistic production has been presented in Spain, Portugal and Dominican Republic. Currently, she is part of Talisman Theatre within the DémART program of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Masha Bashmakova
Masha Bashmakova

Masha Mariia Bashmakova, Intern

Masha Bashmakova is a Montreal-based theatre artist from Russia and the UAE, navigating the ways in which creative expression serves as a deep and necessary language in expressing interpersonal and social-political challenges, conflicts and empathies. Her current practice spans visual and performing arts, with a specific focus in performance, theatre directing and interdisciplinary creation. In the last few years, Masha graduated from Concordia University’s Performance Creation program and has been performing with RANT Theatre, a participatory social-intervention performance form, as well as working on other process-led works.

Naya Salame
Naya Salame

Naya Salame, Intern

Naya is a queer Lebanese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist. She is now based in Tiohtiá:ke as an uninvited guest and is always in the process of disidentification. They are interested in exploring questions of hope, recovery and transformation in a violent, patriarchal and colonial world. Theatre and performance are central to her practice. In recent years, they have focused on creating work that centres on the climate crisis, tackling the subject with intersectionality, exploring the positions of capitalism, xenophobia, racism and sexism in the crisis.


Christine Lord
Christine Lord

Christine Lord, President and Secretary

Christine has been a member of the Talisman Theater Board of Directors since 2011. She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and has extensive experience in information technology, having held various executive positions in the engineering, procurement and construction sectors.

Maria Eliades
Maria Eliades

Maria Eliades, Vice President

Maria is the North American IT Regional Director for a major Engineering and Construction firm. She has worked in the IT field for more than 20 years and has held various management positions both locally and internationally. She is ITIL expert certified with extensive experience in the Information technologies construction and engineering fields.

Julie Gaboriault
Julie Gaboriault

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.

Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers, Director

Paul Chambers is a Montréal-based lighting designer, visual artist, educator and co-artistic director of CHA collective & holds a BFA (Sculpture Major) from Concordia University and a DEP in Design for the Theatre from John Abbott College. Working with artists across different disciplines, collaborating on new dance works has always been a priority for him. In addition to leading workshops and lectures on design, Paul teaches at Concordia University in the Contemporary Dance department since 2015, and coaches design students at The National Theatre School of Canada since 2018. Recent design credits include work with Lara Kramer Dance, Amanda Acorn, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Priscilla Guy, Maria Kefirova, Katie Ward, PME-ART, Danse CarpeDiem, MAYDAY, Parts+Labour_Danse, Destins Croisés, Benjamin Kamino, Montreal Complêtement Cirque & Public Recordings.

Catherine Doyle
Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle, Director

Catherine Doyle holds a Bachelor of Journalism, with Combined Honours in Political Science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, from Carleton University. She has experience in corporate communications, media relations, internal communications and government relations. She has worked in some of the most highly regulated industries, where she has managed public affairs campaigns, provided strategic advice and developed messaging on issues on ranging from anti-doping in sports, corporate transformation projects, and emerging regulations.

Gérald Gauthier
Gérald Gauthier

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.

Shayne Lovsin
Shayne Lovsin

Shayne Lovsin, Director

Shayne is a theatre and marketing professional working in Montreal and Toronto. He is a graduate of John Abbott College's Professional Theatre program and the John Molson School of Business. Previously a guest lecturer at the National Theatre School and Director of Operations at Teesri Duniya Theatre, Shayne is now Operations Manager at Wirth-Brand and is thrilled to be joining Talisman Theatre's board of directors.

Michael MacKenzie
Michael MacKenzie

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.

Lyne Paquette
Lyne Paquette

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.


A headshot of Lyne Paquette
Lyne Paquette

Hi, We need your help!

I'm the Artistic Director of Talisman Theatre and I'm asking you to support us by making a donation because I believe in Talisman's unique mission to produce English-language premieres of contemporary Quebec plays, and because I believe you feel the same.

There are three ways you can help us support our actors, designers, technicians and supply them with the materials they need: by donating towards our operating funds; by donating towards our in-perpetuity endowment fund; or by arranging a corporate sponsorship.

If you choose to donate to our operating funds, you can rest assured that more than 80 percent will go towards our artists, designers and technicians.

To give and join our network use PayPal. To give and remain anonymous, use CanadaHelps.

If you choose to donate to our in-perpetuity fund, your donation will be multiplied many times through dollar-matching grants--a great return on your investment, I am sure you will agree!

Donors will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.

If you choose a business sponsorship, Business for the Arts and Heritage Canada (as /artsvest) will match all new sponsorships over $200 and up to $5,000! In return, for each event, your brand will make 10,000 impressions through our media campaign, and reach over 1,000 theatre patrons.

As our exclusive 2021-2022 season sponsor, your business will receive logo recognition on all of our print, digital, and onsite media, advertising in our programs, as well as complimentary tickets, meetings with our cast, opportunities for your employees, and many other benefits.

We would love to discuss any of these possibilities with you.

For the full reference, click here.
To access our major donation form, click here.

Yours with gratitude,



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94 Calls to Action

We would like to acknowledge that Talisman Theatre is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien'kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we practice our art.

In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held its closing event in Ottawa and presented 94 "calls to action" to further reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. You can read them here.


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