2014 Showcase Selection Committee Member Hélène Ducharme is a playwright, director, actress and puppeteer.
The Artistic Director and General Manager of Théâtre Motus, she has also written all of the company's works and directed almost all of them: BellyButton, Tiger By The Tail, Inuussia, the seal-woman, BUBBLES, winter legends for micro-puppets, Baobab, Pour en finir avec ... Cyrano, LUNA, in my father's eyes, and Elisapee and the Northern Lights.
Her passion for theatre led her to pursue a complete training (acting, puppeteering, acrobatics, modern dance and mask work). Her B.A. in Education motivated her to work with children through drama and puppetry classes and the supervision of story writing. In parallel, she kept exploring worlds as diverse as acting, staging, and writing. In 2001 her passion for young audiences naturally led her to found her own company, Théâtre Motus. Her deep respect for children brought her to develop each of her plays in close collaboration with them. Her artistic curiosity for other cultures leads her to create sensitive plays which are often enriched through her contact with foreign artists. She has also written plays for teenagers and co-written an animated film with Co Hoderman for the National Film Board of Canada.
She has been the President of the Quebec Association of Puppeteers (AQM) since 2008. She also sat on the Board of Théâtres Unis Enfance Jeunesse (TUEJ), Quebec theatre for young audience producers' association), the Artistic Committee of La Maison Théâtre (Montreal) and the Board of Centre des auteurs dramatiques (Quebec's playwrights' association). She recently received the Award for artistic creation in Montérégie (her region of Quebec) granted by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (Quebec's Arts Council).