Paul Blouin arrived in Montreal at the beginning of the 1940s and studied voice voice and drama in Valleyfield. He soon integrated himself into the Montreal anglophone theatre milieu and acted with the Montreal Repertory Theatre and the Negro Theatre Guild. His understanding of the English and American theatre scene - for instance the works of Tennessee Williams and Harold Pinter - was to mark his directing work in Quebec in French and have a significant effect on the creation of a Quebec theatrical style and literature.
Soon Blouin moved from theatre to television and brought many of Canada's great playwrights to
Said actor Monique Miller on the director's death, "The flame within him was contagious, nearly magic. I remember [one of his teams] for a broadcast worked 26 hours straight between a Sunday and a Monday morning simply to get the work done."
Viewings: Mort d'un commis voyageur, La, Radio-Canada, 1962, a production of the Miller play staged for television by M. Blouin and featuring Jean Duceppe in one of his greatest performances.
Profile by Gaetan Charlebois
Last updated 2020-05-07