History

In 1976, the founding members of the Théâtre du Gros Mécano came together in an effort to save and develop a mandate that was included in the Théâtre du Trident original mission statement: creating theatre for young audiences. Nearly 40 years later, the Théâtre du Gros Mécano creates original work for children and families, producing and touring professional theatre shows all over Quebec, Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

The company’s first goal was to become deeply rooted in its own theatre community, in Québec City, and it quickly became one of the leading artistic organisations of the region. With a passion for developing children’s interest in theatre and culture through professional theatre, the Théâtre du Gros Mécano was among the first companies in the province of Quebec to perform in professional theatre spaces that were both conveniently located and offered adequate technical equipment.

The Théâtre du Gros Mécano’s 40th anniversary is fast approaching, and over the years, the company has created 50 original creations, hired nearly 800 local and professional artists, who in turn will have reached, by the end of 2016, over 800 000 audiences members at home and abroad.

Did you know that half of all theatre performances offered every year in Quebec’s theatres target young audiences?

The Théâtre du Gros Mécano is therefore an important player in Quebec City’s artistic and cultural community, and a leader in theatre for young audiences both in Quebec and Canada. Every year, we employ over forty artists, playwrights, actors, scenographers, musicians and technicians who work towards creating, producing, performing and touring our shows.

By creating and disseminating our work, we contribute to a child’s well-being and development in society. We also aim to foster economic growth in our region, in our city, by reinserting our income and our dynamism into the local and québécois economy. The profits our activities generate go to our local artists, technicians and organisations. This is something we’re quite proud of!

Mr. Carol Cassistat has been the artistic director since September 2004. The company’s artistic direction has always held the creation of original work as a core value, by continuing to provide playwrights with a space for research, experimentation and creation.

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Team
Team
Team

The TGM team has several years of experience both in the administration of a cultural organization and in the creation original theatre. As one of the company’s greatest assets, the administrative team at TGM has proven through and through its efficiency as well a profound knowledge of the artistic milieu and audiences. Their know-how and expertise have allowed the company to thrive internationally while remaining a veritable pillar of its artistic community.

Carol Cassistat
Michèle Bujold
Léa Fischer-Albert
Marc St-Jacques
Carol Cassistat

Artistic director and coexecutive director

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Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec (Graduating Class of 1989), Carol Cassistat has performed in over 60 professional productions, from Quebec’s stages to those across the globe. As a director and theatre workshop facilitator since 1987, he has always worked closely with children throughout his artistic career.

He has participated in nearly 500 children’s television episodes (Télépirate, La rue Tabaga, Watatow and others), for Canal Famille and Radio-Canada as host and actor. He also worked as an actor for the Théâtre du Gros Mécano for ten years (Jo et Gaïa le terre, L’Orchidée and La Librairie) in Quebec and in France.

He began working with TGM’s artistic direction in the fall of 2001, starting as co-artistic director, to ultimately take on sole artistic directorship in September 2004. That same year, organizational adjustments led him to take on the managing directorship, as a co-director, alongside his colleagues, Marc St-Jacques and Francine Chabot. 

His motto: Through our art, engage children in their daily lives, take and treat them as they are today, that is, as whole and important persons. Through our shows and the conversations they ignite, we must endeavour to open the dialogue around who we are, who they are, in the way of a big brother or big sister…

Michèle Bujold

Administrative coordinator

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Biography to come

Léa Fischer-Albert

Development director and coexecutive director

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Léa Fischer-Albert has been working at the Théâtre du Gros Mécano since February 2014. Her main tasks relate to the dissemination and marketing of TGM’s productions, but she also heads all company communications, as well as private sector fundraising. Furthermore, she is coordinating the major fundraising campaign linked with TGM’s 40th anniversary. She joined her colleagues Marc St-Jacques and Carol Cassistat as Managing Co-Director in July 2017.

Together with her experience in international development as well as in community, environmental and tourist organizations, she is quite passionate about theatre and devoted to the development of Quebec City’s artistic milieu. Alongside her work at the Théâtre du Gros Mécano, she is President of the Théâtre de la Galerie’s board of directors, and communications consultant for Danse K par K, as well as being an active member of the fundraising committee for the Association pour l’intégration sociale (Région de Québec) and board member of the Service d’entraide Basse-Ville’s board of directors. Since October 2015, she is a blogger for Monsaintroch.com and Monsaintsauveur.com.

Marc St-Jacques

Production director and coexecutive director

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Marc has been with TGM since 1997. He is the company’s Production manager, meaning that he looks after the inner workings of the touring shows, in addition to being the go-to guy during a creation process. His tasks range from planning rehearsal schedules to tour logistics (transportation, lodging). He also looks after managing the budget when new work is being produced. 

With every creation process, Marc is there at every twist and turn, whether to support the designers and technicians or to ensure that all logistical aspects are looked after. Marc also tends to contracts and related aspects with the artists hired by company. He actively participates in recruiting certain designers, as well as looking after the recruiting and training of stage managers for the company’s shows. Marc has been one of three Managing Co-Directors since 2004.

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Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors

Théâtre du Gros Mécano’s Board is composed of Directors belonging to various milieus, reflecting the company’s work: business, arts and education. The Directors are elected for a one-year term and can be re-elected for an unlimited number of terms.

President of the board

Mrs Michèle Prince
Chercheure et formatrice
Université Laval CRIRES - MP Formation Conseil

Vice-President of the board

Mrs Sylvie Lemieux, MBA, ASC
Administratrice de société

Secretary-treasurer

M. Marc St-Jacques
Production director and Coexecutive director, Théâtre du Gros Mécano

Board members

M. Carol Cassistat
Artistic Director and coExecutive director, Théâtre du Gros Mécano

Mme Jennifer Dumetz
Lawyer
Gagné Letarte Avocats SENCRL

Mme Élizabeth Farinacci
Executive Director, Grand-Feux Loto-Québec

Mme Diane Fugère, CPA, CA
BDO Canada - Québec City Office

Me Pierre-Philip Garneau, avocat, M. Fisc.
Lawyer, Industrielle Alliance, Assurance et services financiers inc.

Mme Geneviève Lehoux
Vice-president and cofounder, MoRIS - Marketing de cause et culturel

Mme Mélanie Trudel
Remedial educationalist and Project manager for Bibliothèque Terre d'accueil at l'Institut Canadien de Québec

Board of Directors
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Awards and distinctions
Awards and distinctions
Awards and distinctions

The company was a finalist for the Academie québécoise du théâtre’s Prix Meilleure Production Jeunes Publics (Best TYA Production Prize) for the following shows: L’homme, Chopin et le petit tas de bois in 1997, Le Champ in 1998, La Librairie (The Bookshop) in 2004, and Lucille in the sky avec un diamant in 2007, with three nominations.

Prière de ne pas déranger earned the Prix Louise-LaHaye (La Fondation du Centre des auteurs dramatiques) in 2009. That same year, the CCRQ, CRÉ and Ville de Québec awarded Carol Cassistat, our artistic director, the Prix du Rayonnement International, in recognition of the Théâtre du Gros Mécano’s dynamism and its progression on the international stage. The TGM was also selected for the audience award, Prix coup de cœur du public 2010-2011, for La librairie by the Maison de la Culture de Trois-Rivières in their TYA series, Théâtre-Enfance-jeunesse. In 2012, La Ville en rouge, our last creation, was a finalist in the “Jeunes publics” (TYA) category of the AQCT’s prix de la critique de théâtre. Marcelle Dubois, the show’s playwright, was a finalist for the Annick-Lansman prize (2010); and Pierre Robitaille was awarded the Jacques-Pelletier prize, for his design of the show’s maquettes and marionettes. In 2014, Christian Fontaine received a special mention from the Jeunes Critiques de l'Arrière-Scène for his work designing the set of La Ville en rouge.

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