A 1982 graduate of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique du Québec, Marie-Thérèse Fortin made her stage debut in Quebec City. From Michel Tremblay’s Sainte-Carmen de la Main (1993) to Racine’s Andromaque (1998), she has played many roles—directed by Denis Bernard, Serge Denoncourt and Wajdi Mouawad, among others—and was artistic director of the Théâtre du Trident from 1997 to 2003. Also in Quebec City, in 1995, she plunged into the world of Jean Marc Dalpé with the play Lucky Lady.
Artistic director of the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui between 2004 and 2012, she also pursued her acting career, and her performance in the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM)’s 2008 production of Timothy Findley’s Élizabeth, roi d’Angleterre (Elizabeth Rex) earned her the TNM’s Prix Gascon-Roux. From 2010 to 2014, she played Germaine Lauzon in Michel Tremblay’s musical Belles-Sœurs, directed by René Richard Cyr, and in 2013, she appeared in Jean Genet’s Le balcon. She recently returned to the Trident stage in La détresse et l’enchantement, a stage adaptation of Gabrielle Roy’s novel of the same name. La Queens marks her first collaboration with Théâtre de La Manufacture.
A Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France and a prominent figure in Quebec television, she has won several Prix Gémeaux, notably in 2013 and 2014 for her role in Mémoires vive sand in 2016 for her performance in Boomerang.
In film, she has appeared in Sophie Lorain’s Les grandes chaleurs, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah, Bernard Émond’s Le journal d’un vieil homme and Philippe Lioret’s Le fils de Jean.