Playwright, performer and creator

Magali Lemèle

Last updated: May 7, 2020

Magali Lemèle is an actor, director and author. An artist with an unquenchable thirst for discovery, she is constantly seeking to reinvent her practice, be it through artistic projects and challenges or taking part in professional development opportunities (Jamais Lu, Festival TransAmériques, National Theatre School of Canada, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Méduse).

In September 2013, she co-directed and performed the premiere production (presented by the NAC French Theatre) of Je n’y suis plus, a play by Marie‑Claude Verdier about the shifts in the work world and bureaucracy. Accompanied by musician Jean‑Sébastien Dallaire, Magali portrayed a young woman who had lost her bearings, giving an original and passionate performance. The show was also presented at the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury and at Salle Fred-Barry in Montreal. 

Also in 2013, she was named Radio-Canada/Le Droit’s Personality of the Week and received several awards: the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Creation Award, the 2013 Rideau Award for Best Performance by a Female Actor, and the Performing Arts Award at the 14th annual Culturiades gala in Gatineau.

She has directed over 20 plays, most recently Marie‑Pierre Proulx’s Jack (Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario), Michel Tremblay’s translation of Steve Gallucio’s Mambo Italiano (Théâtre de l’Île), Stéphane Guertin’s Vie et mort d’un char boiteux (Créations In Vivo), and Jérôme Tonnerre’s Confidences trop intimes (Théâtre de l’Île).

As an actor, she has recently appeared in Robert Marinier’s Un conte de l’apocalypse (Théâtre de la Vieille 17 and NAC French Theatre), Claude Guilmain’s (the trilogy) (Théâtre la Tangente, presented at the NAC in April 2019) and Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les muses orphelines (Théâtre de l’Île).

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