Grégoire will serve as interim artistic and managing director during the maternity leave of Esther Duquette. Photo by Marie-France Coallier, Le Devoir.
Grégoire will serve as interim artistic and managing director during the maternity leave of Esther Duquette. Photo by Marie-France Coallier, Le Devoir.

Théâtre la Seizième, Vancouver’s French-language theatre company, has announced Alain Grégoire as its new interim artistic and managing director.

Grégoire, who took up the role earlier this month, takes over during the maternity leave of Esther Duquette, who has led the company since 2016.

Grégoire was chosen after an extensive search that included applicants in the BC and Canadian theatre community.

“We are now delighted to welcome Alain Grégoire on board, for he will lead the company with a reliable hand during Esther Duquette’s leave, and ensure the continuance of its operations during this challenging period,” says Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Théâtre la Seizième’s board chair.

With more than 40 years of experience as a performer, director, teacher, producer and theatre policy, Grégoire held several management positions, including the National Arts Centre, Théâtre du Trident, and Théâtre de la Ville before taking over as general manager of Montreal’s Maison Théâtre in Montreal from 2002 to 2018.

“La Seizième offers me a great and exciting challenge the time of an intermission: to guide a vibrant and daring theatrical institution and to bring back the audiences of the living and
resilient art form that is the theatre,” says Grégoire.

Grégoire will serve as interim artistic and managing director at Théâtre la Seizième through February 2022.