Andrée Rainville, Circus Arts
Hailing from Verner, Ontario and graduate of the Theatre Department at the University of Ottawa, Andrée Rainville leaves her mark as a stilt walker all across Ontario and Québec. She coordinated the international Stilt Art branch of the Festival Juste pour rire (Just for Laughs Festival) in Montreal, the Circus program at the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne and the Circus Arts program at the Jeux Franco-Ontariens. She is also an acrobat, juggler and aerial dancer.
Vincent Poliquin-Simms – Circus Arts
Trained at theÉcole de danse de Québec and the École de cirque de Québec, Vincent has worked with Le Cirque du Soleil, Fils d’Adrien Danse and Robert Lepage as well as managing his own aerial dance company Look-Up. For the last few years, he has been teaching at the École du cirque in Quebec City. Last year, he choreographed and trained aerial dancers for the Cirque du Soleil show in Quebec City. He is also responsible for writing an educational guide for circus school students in Quebec City and Montreal.
Chloé Tremblay – Circus Arts
Chloé Tremblay is now finishing her B.A. in Theatre with a specialization in Acting at the University of Ottawa, as well as working as an actress and circus artist. You may have seen her on her stilts or as a busker in different festivals and events such as Winterlude, Festibière, the Centrepointe Theatre 25th Anniversary, the Buckingham Summer Festival, and Ottawa Nuit Blanche. She regularly teaches theatre workshops at the Community Service Centre in Vanier and circus workshops in Francophone schools in Ontario with Créations In Vivo. She is currently working at improving her aerial arts performance and is starting a brand-new performance project with the Théâtre de la Vieille 17 as well as directing a show for the ThéâtreTremplin in 2015.
Olivier Nadon – Improvisation
Olivier has shown us his acting chops with numerous stage productions as part of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. He also toured with C’était une fois Sylvain and played in Tomber du nid (Les inséparables) at the Théâtre de l’Île. Do his studies in philosophy and communication at the University of Ottawa or in public ethics at St-Paul University make him the great improviser he is? Not at all. But this unrivaled player remains an indispensable asset during Improtéine’s improvisation show and with different improv leagues in Ottawa (L.I.E.U.: Triple Crown, L.A.I.T.U.E.: player of the year 2008-2009.)
Stéphane Guertin – Improvisation / StorytellingCo-artistic director of les Créations In Vivo, Stéphane Guertin was awarded the gold medal in the “Storytelling” category at the 7th Jeux de la francophonie (September 2013, Nice, France). There’s no doubt that oratory arts are his specialty. He is also one of the founding members of Improtéine and, with the group, has cumulated more than 600 improvisation performances in the last 10 years.
Jean Fournier – Improvisation
He was a comedian amongst the late comedic group Les 4-Alogues and after that in Germany with the late group Les Bizzaroïdes. Back in Canada, he was an actor-reporter for the cancelled show Bouledogue Bazar. He then became an actor, researcher, assistant-director and production coordinator on the two seasons of the show Le Groulx Luxe c’est n’importe quoi! and a platinum rated triple DVD box-set followed. For three years, he was an anchor, actor and director with La Revanche des Nerdz, a televised tech and science magazine. He then became assistant director for galas and large scale productions like Just for Laughs Festival.