Podcast #5: The Realities of Francophone & Anglophone Artists
Available January 23, 2020
Normand Dupont, Liam Karry, and Johanne Bénard share a passion for theatre. They have been for many years both practitioners and promoters of a vibrant and multicultural theatre that continues to enrich the city of Kingston.Their varied experiences, which, despite the difference in languages, intersect, will allow us to address the creative, educational and production aspects of theatre in Kingston and elsewhere.
The Realities of Francophone and Anglophone Artists
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Johanne Bénard is a professor in the French Studies Department at Queen’s, where she teaches French and Francophone literature of the 20th century since 1989. She is also interested by contemporary literature and theatre.
Born in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, in Quebec, Normand Dupont moved to Kingston in 1982. He taught French as a second language in elementary schools for seven years and taught afterwards at école secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier, where he founded Quiproquo, the school theatre company. He retired in February 2013.
Normand is the artistic director of Les Tréteaux de Kingston, a French community theatre company.
From 2013 to 2018, he was animator for Centre culturel Frontenac of the project Connexion Théâtre-Danse aiming to increase performing arts outreach and audience development.
Theatre is Normand’s passion.
Liam Karry est the Artistic Producer of the Kick & Push Festival. He is the founding artistic director of the Single Thread Theatre company. He was the founding member of the CoLABoratory Theatre Workshop Initiative and the Kingston Theatre Alliance. His most recent directing credit was a site specific educational installation within a primary school. Upcoming projects include a site specific immersive production in Bangkok, Thailand.
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