Following her training as an architect in Switzerland and Montréal, Anick La Bissonnière has created close to a hundred designs for theatre on the major international, Canadian and Montréal stages and for multiple types of productions, including theatre, opera and circus. Her set designs have been produced on such renowned stages as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Festival d’Avignon, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. According to the jury, “La Bissonnière’s early training as an architect brings a sophisticated sculptural beauty to her set designs. Often epic in scope, her work is both eye-popping and emotionally powerful. She has worked with dozens of influential Canadian directors including André Brassard, Gilles Maheu, Matthew Jocelyn and her ongoing collaborator, Siminovitch Prize laureate, Brigitte Haentjens.”
Her work earned her a highly prestigious recognition at the Quadriennale internationale de scénographie in Prague in 2007 and the Critic’s Prize (ACMA Award) in Argentina in 2015. Since 2010, she has been sharing her knowledge in design with students at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has also played a role in the conception and building of scores of performance spaces all across the country. Her triple journey as a designer, architect and teacher has placed her in a unique position in the world of contemporary theatre, making her a formidable technician, a gifted communicator, a tireless researcher but especially, a complete, sensitive artist, one with a remarkable creative intelligence.