Adam Bryk

Olivier Choinière

Olivier Choinière is a 1996 graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s playwriting program and is based in Montreal, Canada. He first made a name for himself with Le bain des raines (1998) followed by Autodafé, created by André Brassard in 1999. Félicité was created in 2007, and subsequently presented in English at London’s Royal Court Theatre, under the title Bliss, in a translation by Caryl Churchill. It has since been performed in English Canada, Scotland, Australia, Switzerland and Taïwan. Le bain des raines (1998), Venise-en-Québec (2006) and Nom de domaine (2013,) were all shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award of Canada. Olivier Choinière directed 50 actors in Chante avec moi (2010), a play that won a prize from the Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre, before being staged at the National Arts Centre, the Festival TransAmériques and the Théâtre du Trident. His play Ennemi public, created in 2015 at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, won the Michel-Tremblay Prize and the Reviewers’ Association Award for best text. His play Manifeste de la Jeune-Fille premiered in 2017 at Théâtre Espace GO and toured all over Quebec. In 2018, he presented Jean dit at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, a monumental show featuring a dozen performers and a death metal band. Zoé, his most recent play, was staged at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in February 2020 and has been nominated for the Michel-Tremblay Prize. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he offered a series of audioguided theatrical walks in the spring of 2020, remixed especially for the occasion. He also created the performance Les secours arriveront bientôt and Vers solitaire, a theatrical walk guided by an actor, both designed to answer physical distancing recommendations. Olivier Choinière is the recipient of the 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award for the Performing Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts (2014), the prestigious Siminovitch Prize (2014) as well as the Gascon-Thomas Award (2015).