Director, playwright and actor

Édith Patenaude

Last updated: April 30, 2024

A graduate of the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec in 2006, Édith Patenaude wasted no time in launching her creative career. With Les Écornifleuses, of which she was artistic director for ten years, she developed a territory of free creation.

Her writing developed with Barbe Bleue, Le monde sera meilleur and the co-creation of Disparaître ici. She also performs regularly, most notably in Thérèse et Pierrette à l'école des Saints-Anges, Inès Pérée et Inat Tendu, Selfie, Tout ce qui tombe, Scalpés, and more. But it's directing that has become her favorite playground, and she's delighted to see it spread to most stages in Quebec and Montreal, as well as other Canadian and European cities.

She collaborated on the creation of iShow and Straight Jacket Winter and directed Far Away and Rotterdam, co-directed the documentary autofiction Post Humains, embarked on the adaptation of the over-the-top Titus, which she directed, and in 2018 tackled the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Oslo. At the beginning of 2020, she directed Dany Boudreault's new creation, Corps célestes, then staged Maude Laurendeau's Rose et la machine, Henrik Ibsen's Un ennemi du peuple adapted by Sarah Berthiaume, François Archambault's Pétrole and Florian Zeller's Le père.

Her directing credits include the Prix d'excellence des arts et de la culture de la Ville de Québec for L'absence de guerre, and the Prix de l'Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre for 1984 and Mes enfants n'ont pas peur du noir.

She will succeed Ginette Noiseux as Artistic Director and Co-General Manager of ESPACE GO as of the 2024-2025 season.

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