Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1988, Dominique Quesnel was cast in the original production of Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Muses orphelines, directed by André Brassard. This was followed by a dozen collaborations with René Richard Cyr: from Frank Wedekind’s L’éveil du printemps (1989) to Michel Tremblay’s musical Belles-Sœurs (2010–13). Claude Poissant, Éric Jean, Philippe Lambert, Philippe Cyr and Denis Marleau are some of the directors with whom she has had the pleasure of working. Her encounter in 2007 with playwright and director Angela Konrad led to numerous productions, including Audition ou Me, Myself and I (a variation on Shakespeare’s Richard III), Michel Garneau’s translation of Macbeth, and Golgotha Picnic by Rodrigo Garcia.
Dominique Quesnel has made several appearances at La Manufacture. In 2004, she was seen in Hilary Fannin’s Doldrum Bay, then in Mark O’Rowe’sTête première (Crestfall, 2005–08) and Stephen Greenhorn’s Les points tournants (Passing Places, 2006–09), on tour in Quebec and Canada. Her first appearance at La Licorne, however, dates back to 1992 in the now legendary collective work Cabaret neiges noires, directed by her National Theatre School classmate Dominic Champagne.
On television, she appeared in Chantal Cadieux’s Mémoires vives for over five seasons. Film roles include Claudine in Le torrent, directed by Simon Lavoie.
Since the fall of 2018, she has been performing the songs of the great Leonard Cohen in the tribute show Hallelujah Leonard, alongside musicians Claude Fradette and Simon Dolan.