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  1. French-language theater across the country shines once again this year

    September 5, 2023

    Let's celebrate together the 10th edition of Zones Théâtrales   Ottawa - September 5, 2023 - Let the countdown begin! The biennial Zones Théâtrales kicks off on Monday, September 11, and runs until Saturday, September 16. Come see us on stages across Ottawa and outside the Canadian Museum of History for a week of festivities. On the program for this 10th... Read more

  2. The biennial Zones Théâtrales announces its full program lineup for its 10th edition

    June 6, 2023

    Ottawa, June 6, 2023 - Zones Théâtrales is back for its 10th anniversary! This must-attend biennial event is hitting the stages of Ottawa from September 11 to 16, 2023. It’s a great opportunity to get together and showcase the best theatre that French Canada and Quebec’s regions have to offer. Artists from Moncton to Vancouver have once again prepared an array of theatre... Read more

  3. Mani Soleymanlou has been appointed Artistic Director of NAC French Theatre

    August 18, 2020

    Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC), today announced that director, playwright and actor Mani Soleymanlou has been appointed Artistic Director of NAC French Theatre, effective September 1, 2021. “Theatre invites us to see things differently,” said Mr. Deacon. “Through his work, Mani Soleymanlou calls us to... Read more

  4. The 12 Highlights of the National Arts Centre's 50th Anniversary Year

    December 17, 2019

    The National Arts Centre enjoyed an extraordinary 50th anniversary year in 2019. It included exquisite performances by The National Ballet of Canada; the highly successful North American premiere of the popular BIG BANG festival; the landmark programming announcement for the inaugural season of Indigenous Theatre; a triumphant 50th Anniversary European Tour by the NAC Orchestra; a celebratory Open... Read more

  5. New Artistic Director for Zones Théâtrales

    February 15, 2017

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced the appointment of Gilles Poulin‑Denis as artistic director of Zones Théâtrales, a biennial showcase of professional theatre from Francophone communities across Canada and the Quebec Regions. The next edition of Zones Théâtrales will be held September 11–16 in various locations in Ottawa–Gatineau.... Read more

  6. René Cormier, Artistic Director of Zones Théâtrales to leave the NAC on March 31, 2017

    November 7, 2016

    As a result of his recent appointment to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, René Cormier, the Artistic Director of the Zones Théâtrales biennial, will be stepping down on March 31, 2017. “In order to be able to devote myself fully to my new duties as an independent non-partisan senator, while continuing my efforts to defend and promote the arts and... Read more

  7. NAC Congratulates René Cormier on Appointment to Canada's Senate

    October 27, 2016

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) is delighted that René Cormier – Artistic Director of the Zones Théâtrales, the NAC’s biennial showcase of professional Francophone theatre from across Canada and the Quebec regions – has been recommended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for appointment to Canada’s Senate. In addition to being a rendezvous for the creators... Read more

  8. Zones Théâtrales to Return in 2015, 2017 and 2019 Thanks to a New Partnership Agreement

    March 9, 2015

    The sixth edition of Zones Théâtrales, the biennial showcase of professional theatre from Francophone communities across Canada and the Quebec Regions, will be held September 14–19, 2015, at various venues in Ottawa-Gatineau. Funding for the 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions of Zones Théâtrales is provided under a new Memorandum of Understanding has been... Read more