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Mike Payette

Incoming Artistic Director

Theatre has the power to move, to inspire, to change, and to teach us about ourselves and about each other. It also opens
possibility to find hope during challenging times and pause when we need to look deeper within us. From a young age, Mike discovered how the arts can impact both an individual and a community in profound ways, and he is grateful to have learned from and grown with that philosophy since. Born and raised in Tiotià:ke (Montréal), Quebec, that journey has taken him to this role of Artistic Director with Tarragon Theatre, as we collectively enter a new chapter of empowering passionate storytellers and their work and building meaningful bridges with communities near and far.

How distant are the days of playing Winnie the Pooh in Grade 2!

Somewhere between then and now, Mike is proud to have worked with and appeared on some of Canada’s finest theatres
as an actor and director. As an artist who believes in development and mentorship as part of his practice, he is also
an educator, as well as a frequent guest artist at the National Theatre School of Canada. He has served on several boards
including the Quebec Drama Federation, la Maison Théâtre, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), and on the Executive of PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres).

Prior to joining Tarragon, he was the Artistic and Executive Director of Geordie Theatre – Quebec’s largest English-language Theatre for Young Audiences company and was earlier the co-founding Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and past Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop. A two-time Montreal English Theatre Award (META) recipient, some of his favourite moments have been working on shows that uplift and challenge the imagination while embracing the magnitude of the human spirit. Some of those productions include the Quebec premieres of Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop), A Line in the Sand (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre), Hosanna (English premiere) and Choir Boy (Centaur), Reaching for Starlight and Virginia Wolf (Geordie), the French-language premiere of Héritage – A Raisin in the Sun (Théâtre Jean-Duceppe) along with the national tours of The Tashme Project (Tashme Prods/Centaur/Factory/Firehall) and Lorena Gale’s Angélique (Black Theatre Workshop/Tableau D’Hôte/National Arts Centre/Factory/Obsidian).