Director, teacher, researcher, and (since 2016) artistic director of Théâtre français de Toronto, Joël Beddows is well known in Canada’s Francophone community. Over the past two decades he has pursued daring creative experiments that lie at the crux of social critique, poetry and symbolism. Whether he is directing a new play, a text drawn from the canon, or a production for young audiences, he considers every project an opportunity for research and development. The NAC has presented five of his productions: Avant l’archipel by Emily Pearlman, Visage de feu by Marius von Mayenburg, Petites bûches by Jean-Philippe Lehoux, Le chien by Jean Marc Dalpé, and La société de Métis by Normand Chaurette. He has also directed three of Michel Ouellette’s plays: La fille d’argile, Frères d’hiver and Le testament du couturier.