Suzanne Lebeau

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Suzanne Lebeau. Photo courtesy François-Xavier Gaudreault.

Suzanne Lebeau (born April 28, 1948) is a Quebecois children's playwright and an actor. She is best known for her works Les petits pouvoirs, Salvador, L'Ogrelet, and Le Bruit des os qui craquent.

Life and Career

Lebeau was born in Montreal, Quebec. The second of six children in a relatively well-off family, she first discovered theatre as a teenager. Initially aspiring to become an actor, she went on to study drama between 1966 and 1973 with the likes of Jacques Crête and Gilles Maheu as classmates. She then continued her studies in Paris, France and in Wroclaw, Poland. She became interested in children's theatre during a summer contract with Théâtre La Roulotte in Longueuil, Quebec. [1]

In 1975, she and her partner Gervais Gaudreault founded the Quebec children's theatre company Le Carrousel. Her 1979 play Une lune entre deux maisons was the first Canadian play specifically written for younger children and it reached international success. It was translated into six languages and performed around 800 times by Le Carrousel and other companies. [1] From there, Lebeau drifted away from acting in order to focus on her writing. [2] She wrote prolifically, spawning thirty plays to date, including the internationally successful Les petits pouvoirs (1981), Contes d'enfants réels (1995), Salvador (1996), Pour l'ensemble de son ouevre (1998), Petit Pierre (2001), L'Ogrelet (2003) and Souliers de sable (2004). Her 2006 play Le Bruit des os qui craquent, a daring work about child soldiers [1], has won her numerous awards including the 2009 Governer General's Award for French-language Drama. [3]

Lebeau's list of award wins and nominations spans long. She has most recently won several awards acknowledging her career as a whole, including the 2016 Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, and the highly prestigious Athanase David Award in 2010 for Pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre. [4] She is among the most highly produced Quebec playwrights, her work having been performed over 150 times across four continents and translated into twenty-three languages in total. [2] Four books have been written about her work: Itinéraire d’auteur, by La Chartreuse, Centre national des écritures du spectacle (France, 2002), Las huellas de la esperanza, by Ensayo ASSITEJ-España (Spain, 2007), Le choix de Suzanne Lebeau, by Théâtrales (France, 2013), and Le vrai désespoir, c'est l'indifférence, by Lansman Éditeur (France, 2013). [2]

Lebeau taught at the National Theatre School of Canada for thirteen years. [1] In addition, she has run several workshops, given several lectures, and taken part in many writers' residencies at the La Chartreuse, Centre national des écritures du spectacle. More of her workshops and lectures have taken place in Canada, The United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Africa, Poland and Australia. [2]

Works

  • Trois petites soeurs (2016)
  • Chaîne de montage (2014)
  • Gretel et Hansel (2011)
  • Elikia (2009)
  • Frontière Nord (2007)
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent (2006)
  • Souliers de sable (2004)
  • L'Ogrelet (2003)
  • Petit Pierre (2001)
  • Cera una colta a notte (1999)
  • Pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre (1998)
  • Contes à rebours (1997)
  • Le Grillon (1997)
  • Violetta (1997)
  • L'Hérétière (1996)
  • Salvador (1996)
  • Contes d'enfants réels (1995)
  • Petite fille dans le noir (1991)
  • Conte du jour et de la nuit (1991)
  • Comment vivre avec les hommes quand on est un géant (1990)
  • La Marelle (1984)
  • De l'autre côté de la toile (1983)
  • Les petits pouvoirs (1983)
  • La couleur chante un pays (1980)
  • Une lune entre deux maisons (1979)
  • Petite ville deviendra grande (1978)
  • Chut! Chut! Pas si fort! (1977)
  • La Chanson improvisée (1976)
  • Le Jardin qui s'anime (1975)
  • Ti-Jean voudrait ben s'marier mais... (1974)

Awards

Won

  • 2017 ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights Award [2]
  • 2016 Governer General Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for Theatre [3]
  • 2015 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Career Award [3]
  • 2013 National Theatre School of Canada Gascon-Thomas Career Award [3]
  • 2012 RIDEAU Tribute Career Award [3]
  • 2012 CINARS Tribute to the Performing Arts Award [3]
  • "Pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre" - 2010 Athanase David Award [4]
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent - 2009 Collidram Student Literary Award [2]
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent - 2009 Governer General's Award for French-language Drama [3]
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent - 2009 Sony-Labou-Tansi Student Award [4]
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent - 2008 Comédie-Française Distinction [1]
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent - 2007 Lyon Theater Playwright Award [3]
  • L'ogrelet - 1998 Masque Award for Best Original Text [1]
  • L'ensemble de son ouevre - 1998 Order of La Pléiade Knight Award [1]
  • Salvador - 1996 Radio France Internationale Francophonie Jeunesse Award [1]
  • Les petits pouvoirs - 1986 Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Youth Theatre [1]

Nominated

  • Trois petites soeurs - 2017 Governer General's Award for French-language drama [5]
  • Chaîne de montage - 2015 Grand Play Prize (Finalist) [4]
  • Le Bruit des os qui craquent - 2009 Laurentien Bank of Canada Playwright Award (Finalist) [4]
  • Souliers de sable - 2007 Governer General's Award for French-language drama (Finalist) [4]
  • L'ogrelet - 1998 Governer General's Award for French-language drama (Finalist) [5]
  • Salvador - 1996 Governer General's Award for French-language drama (Finalist) [5]
  • Contes d'enfants réels - 1995 Governer General's Award for French-language drama (Finalist) [5]
  • Conte du jour et de la nuit - 1991 Governer General's Award for French-language drama (Finalist) [5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/suzanne-lebeau/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 http://www.lecarrousel.net/en/company/suzanne_lebeau
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 http://www.lecarrousel.net/documents/43eGretelmilie_dossierpresse_ANGL.pdf
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 http://www.lemeac.com/auteurs/91-suzanne-lebeau.html
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 http://ggbooks.ca/past-winners-and-finalists

Name:Suzanne Lebeau
Location:Montreal, Quebec
Category:Artists
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