Artistic and Executive Director : Catherine Bourgeois
Creative Producer : Pénélope Bourque
Technical Director : Brandon Hepworth
Rehearsal Coach : Lorie Ganley
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
Catherine Bourgeois has been making theatre since 2002. She began in set costume and lighting design before devoting herself to creating and directing performances for Joe Jack & John, which she co-founded in 2003 and for which she designs and directs all productions. She won Best Director at the Gala des Cochons d’Or for her show AVALe in 2014, and for Just fake it in 2012. Just fake it was also awarded a LOJIQ grant.
From 2006 to 2013, in parallel with her life at JJJ, Catherine worked as production manager and assistant to choreographer Margie Gillis, familiarising herself with many different artists, cities, and stages. From 2005 to 2008, she was an Associate Director at Imago Theatre. Other credits include directing Théâtre La Chapelle’s award-winning 2008 production of Michael Mackenzie’s The Baroness and the Pig.
Catherine studied directing at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama as well as set design at UQÀM and at the Option-Théâtre in Ste-Thérèse. In 2018 she won the Mid-Career Artist Prize from the Faculty of Arts Foundation at UQÀM. She also teaches in the acting programme at the National Theatre School of Canada.
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 The Kissing Game will be presented by Youtheatre as part of its 2020-2021 season. She has been the Creative Producer at Joe Jack & John since 2014 and collaborated in the creation of its 2018 show Dis Merci.
Brandon Hepworth started his theatre career in the wings of the theatre at his high school, and pursued this passion through many roles behind the scenes. He is a graduate of John Abbott’s Theatre Program (2014) as well as the National Theatre School’s Production Program (2017). Since finishing his studies Brandon has participated in many new Canadian plays, such as Dis Merci (2018) with Joe Jack et John, Hockey Sweater: A Musical (2017 & 2018) with the Segal Center, Successions (2018) with Centaur Theatre and Lateef and the Distraction Machine (2018) at the MAI. He has also worked with Imago Theatre on their production of Other People’s Children (2018) and The Stratford Shakespeare Company’s Othello in 2019.
Lorie Ganley studied cinema at Cégep Montmorency and sociology at UQAM, where she went on to earn a B.A. in Theatre Studies at the École Supérieure de théâtre.
As a director and dramaturg, she takes a multidisciplinary approach to live performance that incorporates feminist, inclusive, and collective perspectives. She has worked with various companies, including La Serre – arts vivants (Vous êtes ici), Matériaux Composites (Home Dépôt), and Les 2 Mondes (Gym de l’imaginaire). She is also a visual artist who enjoys exploring a playful aesthetic, and she participated in the 13th edition of the poster-poem festival organized by Le Pied magazine.
She has worked with Joe Jack & John since 2018 as rehearsal coach and artistic support worker on a number of projects. She toured with Dis Merci to Mainz, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.
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 : Charles Lafrance