Theatre Lac Brome loses director: English theatre productions also nowhere to be found

Matthew McCully
Theatre Lac Brome loses director: English theatre  productions also nowhere to be found
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Dominique Boulianne, who assumed the role of Artistic Director and General Manager of Theatre Lac Brome last September, replacing Nicholas Pynes, who held the job for 28 years, resigned from the position last week. In his absence, the board of directors is left to account for a season of events that includes very little theatre despite the venue having a specific mandate for English-language productions. According to Theatre Lac Brome President Hélène Jalbert, “English theatre is here to stay.” It appears, however, that it will sit on the back burner for the moment while the theatre fills its coffers from music concerts and French language events. “We’re in a transition, things don’t happen overnight,” commented board member Jessica Brown. “I think it’s going to take a little longer than everyone thought. We need time, we’re developing,” Brown said, defending the diversified programming. “Bills have to be paid,” added Brigitte Boutin, also on the board of directors. “It’s a challenge to find the right balance.” “The board is unanimous, we want English theatre here,” Jalbert said. See full story in the Friday, July 12 edition of The Record.


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I’m sure there will be many super candidates to fill the role.

Supporting the endangered Quebec English culture by supporting professional English language theatre was part of the original vision. Supporting amateur theatre in the community was also part of that.

Bottom line the board decides the direction of the institution. That there is a bigger market for French language programming should not outweigh the need to support the English culture.

Having a theatre in Knowlton has always been a labour of love NOT a business.

marie gilman
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Since Nicholas Pynes left, after 28 years of successful english theatre and a new building , beautiful addition to the center of Knowlton, prize winning productions that gave jobs to actors, musicians, people of the trade…. I did not hear or read any one saying thank you. Thank you Nicholas for your hard work, for your creativity, your elegance in dealing with employees and audiences, you will be missed. The new theater director an the board did not want your help ? After almost thirty years of successful summer Theater ? . There are no words that can express adequately… Read more »