(photo by Maxime Côté)
Shaping the Future of Theatre
I believe NTS will be powerful as long as it will stay absolutely connected to the pulse of professional theatre.
by David Sklar
Simon Brault was named the National Theatre School’s CEO in 2008 and has held several key administrative positions with the NTS since 1981. In 1997, he initiated Journées de la culture, a Quebec‐wide cultural event; in 2002, he led a 20‐member delegation at the Sommet de Montréal and founded Culture Montréal. Since 2007, he heads the steering committee of the RV07 – Montreal, Cultural Metropolis. He is Vice‐Chair of the Canada Council, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the CGA, and a recipient of the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership. On September 23, 2009, Mr. Brault launched his first book of essays on the rise of arts and culture on global public agendas. Titled Le FACTEUR C ‐ L'Avenir passe par la culture, it was published by La Presse / Éditions Voix parallèles and was released in English, in May 2010, by Cormorant Books (translation Jonathan Kaplansky) under the title No Culture, No Future. In 2011, the Presses de l'Université du Québec and the Chaire de leadership Pierre‐Péladeau published a monograph about Simon Brault: Prendre fait et cause pour la culture. It is a scholarly thesis on his personal and professional journey in the arts.
CHARPO: You talked about building grassroots events and sharing spaces between professional and amateur productions. Is this what needs to happen for the art to survive?
CHARPO: So is that where you see the future of theatre? What is your responsibility in equipping the graduates with the skills in order to work?
CHARPO: It needs to be good all the time.
I still feel the same energy from students from 30 years ago to today. Every time I see a student production, it’s a constant renewal. I understand why teachers love teaching. I love the idea of being at the crossroads. You have artists from different backgrounds, different disciplines, different aesthetic value, who are coming to this place trying to transmit what they consider the most precious thing they have. That is moving for me. It’s a place of possibilities.
Read also: Interview with Alisa Palmer, Artistic Director, NTS (English)