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Guy, Jean

Director and actor, born in Quebec City Quebec in 1940, who graduated from the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Montréal in 1964, and then taught there. He became director of the Conservatoire in 1971. One of his great interests is the dissemination of theatre to young people.

He directed with the Théâtre La Grenouille and the Atelier in Sherbrooke, Quebec. In 1966 he was artistic director for the Festival du théâtre étudiant du Québec (the festival of student theatre of Quebec).

He founded the Théâtre du Carnaval (1964-66) and the Théâtre du Vieux Québec (1967-70). For Laval University's Troupe des Treize, he directed Jean Barbeau's early plays, winning a Dominion Drama Festival award in 1968 for directing Barbeau's Et caetera. He was a participant in the formation of the Théâtre du Trident and directed the first production there, Barbeau's O-71.

Jean Guy has also acted on radio and stage in plays by Samuel Beckett, André Ricard, and in summer stock comedies. He also appeared in his own plays, including Rex, le dernier des romantiques based on the life of Mackenzie King.

Source: Martine Corrivault. "Guy, Jean", The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, eds. Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly. Toronto: Oxford UP, 1989.

Last updated 2021-01-19