Team

Artistic and Executive Director : Catherine Bourgeois
Creative Producer : Pénélope Bourque
Coordinator : Charlie Julien
Technical Director : Audrey Belzile
Rehearsal Coach and Assistant : Aude Lachapelle
Artists in residence : Michael Nimbley and Edon Descollines

Board of Directors

President: Jean-Pascal Fournier, Galery Director, Galerie COA
Secretary: Gabrielle Gayrard, Lawyer, Gayrard Avocats
Treasurer: Rosy Hadad, Financial Advisor, Manuvie
Administrator: Edon Descollines, Multidisciplinary Artist
Administrator: Anne Williams, Project Manager, Vélo Québec
Administrator : Pascale St-Jean, Massage therapist and owner, Mon oasis santé
Administrator: Ana Gavrancic, Head of organizational development and training, VYV
Administrator : Catherine Bourgeois, Artistic Director, Joe Jack & Joh

After studying scenography at Option-Théâtre in Ste-Thérèse, Catherine Bourgeois completed a BA in scenography at École Supérieure de Théâtre de l’UQAM, and a Master’s degree in directing at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In 2003, she co-founded Joe Jack & John, where she has since designed and directed all their productions. During this time, she has also worked as assistant to choreographer Margie Gillis and Associate Director for Imago Theatre. Her creations have found diverse audiences both nationally and internationally. Catherine has also taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since 2017, where her unique aesthetic and the humanity of her casting choices have earned her a reputation as a leader within the performing arts community. A member of Women for Equity in Theatre and the Steering Committee of the Feminist Workcamp, she works and actively campaigns for greater recognition of the practice of women and artists with disabilities.

Catherine is the recipient of the Mid-Career Artist Award from the Fondation de la Faculté des Arts de l’UQAM (2018), the Amyot Award from the National Theatre School of Canada (2019), a MECCA award (2008), two Cochons d’or (Best Directing 2011, 2014), and she was a finalist for the Jovette-Marchessault Prize awarded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Pénélope Bourque completed the playwriting programme at the National Theatre School of Canada in 2013, having previously studied cinema and literature. She now devotes her time to writing, translating, and producing theatre. Her dramaturgical practice is anchored in her relationships with a range of communities.
With the collective Ce n’était pas du vin, she authored Iseult & Evaelle – un beau conte d’amour et de mort (Réseau Accès culture, 2016), La chasse aux billes (Place des arts, 2017), and Jaunes et rouges brillent les étoiles (ZH Festival, 2017). For the company Nervous Hunter, she was part of the creative team behind Lévriers (MAI, 2018; National Arts Centre, 2019). Her French translation of Rhiannon Collett’s play J’ai jamais… (The Kissing Game) premiered with Youtheatre as part of the 2020-2021 season. She’s helmed the production team for Joe Jack & John since 2015, where she also works regularly as both dramaturg and writing collaborator.

Charlie Julien holds a Master’s in Management of Cultural Organizations from HEC Montréal (2014) and a BA in Dramatic Arts, theatrical profile, from UQAM (2012). He was Assistant Manager and then Administrative Director for the creation company Les Filles Électriques and the Phénomena Festival, in addition to having worked for the Conseil Québécois du Théâtre (CQT), the Association Québécoise des Marionnettistes (AQM) and various other festivals. A self-employed Cultural Manager since January 2021, he works in development, project management, financing and administration. Recently, he collaborated with theatre company Surreal SoReal, dancer Marc Boivin, and puppeteer Kristina Troske. Charlie is interested in interdisciplinary arts, alternative practices, the work of emerging artists, and issues related to underrepresented communities in the arts and accessibility. He has been on the board of directors of Euguélionne, a feminist bookstore, since July 2021. Within Joe Jack & John, he is currently fulfilling a general coordination mandate.

A graduate of the National Theatre School in Creation and Production (2021), as well as the television production and postproduction component of Media Arts and Technology from Cégep de Jonquière (2017), Audrey Belzile has acquired diverse experience within the artistic realm. Working on several occasions for the Festival TransAmériques, Fierté Montréal, Juste pour rire, and the Festif de Baie-Saint-Paul, she has worn the following hats: Technical and Site Manager, Artist Welcome Coordinator, Site Coordinator, and Technical Assistant. Audrey is slowly but surely carving out a place for herself in the world of theatre and events, as well as in multidisciplinary and performative arts, holding positions in technical direction, production direction, stage management and video design. She has been Joe Jack & John’s Technical Director since 2021.

Aude Lachapelle is a performance artist who came to the stage by way of classical dance and jazz ballet. She discovered theatre in elementary school, through a stage adaptation of the comic strip Mafalda. She invested herself in the artform throughout her school career and met her first Chekhov character at the Lassalle Conservatory in 2009. After a stint at the Conservatory of Dramatic Art, she graduated from the acting program at the National Theatre School in 2017. Shortly thereafter, she was invited to work with Serge Denoncourt on La mort d’un commis voyageur (Death of a Salesman) at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert, after which she took part in her first cultural and artistic residency in India. This exchange was the wellspring for a project involving the hybridization of diverse forms of cultural and artistic expression by using film to play with theatrical conventions. This will be Aude’s first season with the team of Joe Jack & John, as both Rehearsal Coach and Assistant.

Michael Nimbley has been studying theatre at Les Muses – Centre des arts de la scène since 2004. A bilingual actor (English/French), the extent of his talent was apparent in 2006 and 2008 in Le temps des marguerites, presented at Tangente. Known for his ineffable charisma and singular voice, this veteran actor played the lead role in Joe Jack & John’s Mimi, myself et tous ceux qui me regardent in 2009. In 2010, Michael appeared alongside the actor Frédéric Lavallée in the Cabaret Les Muses at l’Astral, playing a disturbing character in an excerpt from Edward Albee’s Zoo Story directed by Richard Gaulin. After winning Best Actor at the 2012 Gala des Cochons d’Or for his role in Joe Jack & John’s Just fake it, he toured with the show to Rimouski, Laval, Liège, and Berlin. “His onstage presence and his sincerity are disarming,” wrote Suzanne Vallières-Nolet on the website Plein Espace. Michael participated in the creation of AVALe, (Théâtre Aux Écuries, 2014) and Abîmés (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, 2016). Film credits include Eric Savoie’s Cendres, presented as part of Kino in 2007, as well as Louise Archambault’s most recent film, Gabrielle. Television roles include Annie et ses hommes. Since 2018, Michael has been Joe Jack & John’s Artist-in-Residence. He is also passionate about curling.

Edon Descollines is a visual artist, poet, dancer, and actor, and a graduate of Les Muses – Centre des arts de la scène, where he studied from 2005 to 2013. He is known for the expressive quality of his performances, for his creativity, and for committing himself, to his art, body and soul. As a professional actor-dancer, he was part of Leçons (Productions des pieds des mains), presented in 2004-2005 in Montreal and Belgium. In 2006, he flew to Japan to present L’Ombre, a choreographic duet created by the same company. In 2010, he danced in Sylvain Émard’s Le très grand continental at the FTA.  He also appeared in Louise Archambault’s film Gabrielle (2013) and Stéphane Lafleur’s Tu dors Nicole (2014). As a visual artist, he often works with Exeko, where he exhibited as part of the event Tandem Créatif in 2013 and 2014. With Joe Jack & John, he collaborated on the show je ne veux pas marcher seul, presented in various venues in Montreal in 2015 and 2018.  Edon also maintains a very personal and rewarding artistic practice in poetry and drawing.

Photos : Mikaël Theimer