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Youtheatre

Children's theatre company based in Montreal, Quebec, founded in 1968 by Wayne and Doreen Fines. Its first productions were in English, but since 2000, it has also produced new plays in French. Youtheatre is the oldest theatre in Canada for young people. For the past fifty years, it has reached two million spectators.

Sine 1992, under the direction of Michel Lefebvre, Youtheatre has been committed to commissioning, developing and producing new work by Canadian playwrights - over thirty plays. The Company has presented works by Judith Thompson, Carol Bolt, and Drew Hayden Taylor among others, and toured them throughout Quebec and Eastern Ontario. It has played at the National Arts Centre, Young People’s Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Théâtre la Catapulte, and Théâtre la Seizième. It has also toured in Britain.

The Company specializes in presenting works of social significance and has addressed the subjects of the plight of First Nations, date rape, racism and children living with cancer.

It presented a large-scale spectacle, in French, MTL2000, in summer, 2000, in a hangar in Montreal's Old Port. It also presented a translation of one of its signature pieces, Bang Boy, Bang! by Ed Roy.

For the 2020/21 season, Youtheatre introduced YouDigital, which brings the magic of live performance to the screen in an innovative new hybrid form that dynamically incorporates the camera into the staging.

Youtheatre operates under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association and is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres/PACT. Since 2019, the co-Artistic Directors are Véronique Bossé and Jeremy Segal.

Web site: www.youtheatre.ca

Last updated 2021-06-15