Shortly after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1996, David Boutin began his association with Wajdi Mouawad, who directed him in Trainspotting, Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilette sand Littoral. He touched on the classical repertoire, appearing in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1998) before playing the title role in Molière’s Dom Juan (2000) at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. As his career took off, he appeared in Larry Tremblay’s Cornemuse, Frédéric Blanchette’s Le périmètre, Évelyne de la Chenelière’s L’imposture and Victor Hugo’s Marie Tudor, and worked notably with directors Claude Poissant, Denis Marleau and Serge Denoncourt.
His first appearance at La Manufacture was in 1999, in Trick or Treat by Jean Marc Dalpé, directed by Fernand Rainville. He subsequently appeared in Gregory Burke’s Gagarin Way (2003–06, presented at the NAC French Theatre in March 2006) and Martin McDonagh’s Le Pillowman (2009), remounted at the Rideau Vert in 2011. In 2016, he returned to the world of Dalpé in the stage adaptation of the novel Un vent se lève qui éparpille (published in English as Scattered in a Rising Wind), directed by Geneviève Pineault and presented by the NAC French Theatre. The following year, he appeared in Catherine Léger’s Baby-sitter.
David Boutin has appeared in a host of television series, including Bunker, Temps dur, Rumeurs, Tout sur moi, Le gentleman, Nouvelle adresse, District 31 and Faits divers.
His film credits include Michel Jetté’s Hochelaga (for which he won a Jutra), Jean-François Pouliot’s La grande séduction, Wajdi Mouawad’s Littoral, Yan England’s 1:54, Louis Choquette’s La ligne brisée, Benoît Pilon’s Décharge and Éric Tessier’s Tu te souviendra de moi, adapted from François Archambault’s play of the same name.