Alexandre Fecteau –2013 John Hirsch Prize 2013

Alexandre Fecteau, during a rehearsal at the Théâtre du Trident.
Alexandre Fecteau, during a rehearsal for Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco at the Théâtre du Trident. (Photo : Jasmin Robitaille /

Critics and audiences are unanimous in hailing playwright and director Alexandre Fecteau as one of the leading figures of his generation. The originality of his approach transforms the theatre into a place of real contact between the spectator and the actors.

For a useful theatre

The path taken by Alexandre Fecteau is a reflection of the type of theatre he proposes: unique and multidisciplinary. With a BA (philosophy) and MA (theatre) from Laval University and an interdisciplinary arts degree from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Alexandre Fecteau masters the multiple mechanisms and processes of performance with penetrating intelligence, and reinvents their codes. Influenced by Britain’s renowned Gob Squad, with whom he trained, and nourished by an insatiable curiosity, Alexandre Fecteau proposes multidisciplinary performances where no one is allowed to remain passive. Fecteau invites us to join in a delirious game where everyone, actors and spectators alike, has to participate. From his very first play, L’étape, un docu-théâtre, spectators are passengers in this ride-sharing experience. Acclaimed at its premiere at the Chantiers du Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec, the work was reprised at Périscope.

Nous sommes ici

In 2008, Alexandre cofounded the collective Nous sommes ici, whose name sums up the group’s approach. What happens on stage does not belong to fiction, but to the ‘we’ who together are sharing in an inspired and inspirational experience in the here and now. Interactivity and immediacy are so powerful that once again the term ‘docu-theatre’ is more accurate. With Changing room, un docu-théâtre (presented at Périscope, then at Espace libre and the National Arts Centre), Fecteau invites us, literally, to immerse ourselves in the universe of drag queens. Whether with No Show (presented at the FTA 2014)
or his staging of Ionesco’s Rhinocéros (his first foray into so-called institutional theatre, at Le Trident), Alexandre Fecteau moves the lively arts in new directions with an astonishing maturity.

2013 John Hirsch Prize

In 2013, Alexandre Fecteau received the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize for his exceptional achievements.

The prize recognizes new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision. Two $6,000 prizes are awarded every two years, one for each of the Anglophone and Francophone theatre communities. Arianna Bardesco is the Anglophone prizewinner of the 2013 John Hirsch Prize.

March 2014