OUR TEAM

Our team at the Théâtre du Gros Mécano has many years of experience both in the administration of a cultural organization and in theatrical creation in general. The dedication of our permanent employees is unparalleled. Our dynamic team is exceptionally efficient and has a deep understanding of both the artistic scene and the audience it serves. Over the years, the team’s expertise has enabled the company to thrive internationally, while remaining a pillar of its community for the past 45 years!

Carol Cassistat

Carol Cassistat

Artistic Director and Co-General Manager
Michèle Bujold

Michèle Bujold

Administrative and Financial Director and Co-General Manager
Jérôme Huot

Jérôme Huot

Production Manager
Anaïs Morel

Anaïs Morel

Interim Development Director (Privacy Officer)
Léa Fischer-Albert

Léa Fischer-Albert

On parental leave

Carol Cassistat

Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec (class of 1989), Carol Cassistat has performed in over 60 professional productions both in Quebec and abroad. A director and theatre workshop leader since 1987, he has consistently worked with children as part of his artistic career.

As host and actor, he has appeared on nearly 500 youth TV programs (Télépirate, La rue Tabaga, Watatatow and more) on Canal Famille and CBC. He also performed in Théâtre du Gros Mécano’s productions for 10 years (Jo et Gaïa le terre and L’Orchidée, La librairie) in Québec and France.

He began his career as Artistic Director of Théâtre du Gros Mécano in the fall of 2001, first as Co-Artistic Director, then, in September 2004, as sole Artistic Director. In the same year, organizational changes took place, and, along with his other colleagues, he also became the company’s Co-General Manager. His motto: with our art, we accompany children in what they are experiencing, treating them as they are today, people in their own right. Through our shows and the conversations they generate, we want to tell them about ourselves, about themselves, like a big brother or sister would…

Michèle Bujold

Michèle has pursued a career in corporate financial management and, as administrative and financial director, accumulated extensive experience in managing financial departments within cultural and philanthropic organizations. Her activities as financial and administrative director at Théâtre du Gros Mécano began in September 2018, and since May 2021, she has also assumed the role of interim general co-manager with Carol Cassistat.

As secretary, she sits on the boards of Groupe de ressources techniques en arts -GRT-Arts and Théâtre du Gros Mécano.  A passionate supporter of the arts and culture, Michèle is actively involved in contributing to the community’s growth and influence, and in promoting artistic non-profit organizations.

Jérôme Huot

After studying graphic art and multimedia creation at the college level, Jérôme embarked on his professional theatrical creation career in 2005 with a university degree in theatre studies, specializing in stage direction.

Specializing in lighting design, he collaborates as a designer with several Quebec City companies. These include Fools and Feathers for Le destin tragi-comique de Tubby et Nottubby (2011), Le Petit Luxe for Le cardigan de Gloria Estefan (2010) and Charme (2012), Le Club pour l’amélioration de la culture for MerZsonate (2007 to 2014), Nous sommes ici for La Date (2012), Changing Room (2011) and L’Étape (2010), and Hommeries for La Cour suprême (2018) and Meet inc. (2021).

As technical director and stage manager, Jérôme takes part in numerous Quebec and international tours with Fools and Feathers, Théâtre de la Trotteuse and Les incomplètes.

From 2015 to 2019, Jérôme was Technical Director at Théâtre Premier Acte. And since January 2020, he is the production manager of Théâtre du Gros Mécano.

Anaïs Morel

Between 2006 and 2010, Anaïs completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in arts and culture in France, as well as a number of internships in artistic organizations: Festival de la marionnette de Grenoble, Festival Quartiers Libres, Compagnie du théâtre du Réel, Festival Wazemmes l’Accordéon and others.

Through these experiences, she discovered theatre for young audiences and, in 2010, decided to move to Quebec to take up a position as cultural mediator at Théâtre Jeunesse Les Gros Becs. Her responsibilities there include coordinating the mobilization of children’s rights activists, the Zurbains project, and the “Les ados font la fête au théâtre” day, as well as running cultural mediation workshops in schools around the season’s productions.

She continues to work with young people and culture, first at Camps Odyssée and then at the Bibliothèque de Québec. In 2014, she moves to the UK, where she works as a librarian and French teacher, then as coordinator of school visits to the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Returning to France in 2018, she turns to international relations, working to welcome international students at Grenoble-Alpes University.

At the same time, she becomes a local councillor for the village of Laval-en-Belledonne, where she is responsible for culture and early childhood. Among other things, she coordinates the activities of the municipal library, the arrival of a symphony orchestra on bicycle, an outdoor exhibition of wildlife photos and various original projects that bring arts and culture to people of all ages, in this mountain village of 1,000 inhabitants.

Returning to Quebec City at the end of 2022, she resumed her involvement with theatre for young audiences, taking up the position of Development Coordinator at Théâtre du Gros Mécano in January 2023.

Léa Fischer-Albert

Léa Fischer-Albert is Director of Development and Co-General Manager of Théâtre du Gros Mécano. Her main tasks involve show distribution and marketing, but she is also in charge of all the company’s communications, as well as the sourcing of private funding.

She has also developed an expertise in cultural mediation by leading several projects at once. Her three-season (2018 to 2020) project with Théâtre du Gros Mécano, featuring workshops and an exhibition around the theme of quilting (Courtepointe), brought together 450 people and led to the creation of an exhibition that was shown at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in four libraries in the Quebec City region and at the Maison de la littérature. With Mon père est mort theatre company, she is the initiator of the FOR MEN – POUR HOMMES project, in which marginalized men were mentored by professional writers to write a dramatic text that was read by professional actors and a director in the winter of 2019. In 2022-2023, she coordinated the cultural mediation project “De D.écimées à R.eliées” for Les Gorgones. This project brought together women who were given up for adoption, allowing them to delve into their quest for identity through creative workshops.

She chaired the Table de concertation en théâtre de la région de Québec between 2018-2022 and contributed to the creation and steering of several work committees, including those for cultural mediation, audience development, theatre practice, private funding, diversity and equity. She works relentlessly and passionately to develop theatrical practice and mobilize the community in the Quebec City region. With a background in international development and community, environmental and tourism work, she has been an avid theatregoer since adolescence and is dedicated to the development of Quebec City’s artistic sector. Highly involved in the community, she sits on the Board of Directors of  two theatre copanies (Mon père est mort and La Brute qui pleure). Léa Fischer-Albert completed a college diploma (DEC) in theatre at Cégep Limoilou, a multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree in marketing, international development, sociology and management at Université Laval and, in the fall of 2017, began a short graduate program in interpretation and cultural mediation at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.